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Ham with Orca Beans and Rice

Ham with Orca Beans and Rice is a delicious, comforting and healthy meal. 

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A few weeks back my folks came to visit and it was the ideal time to try out the Heritage Orca Beans that Bob’s Red Mill sent over for our Virtual Potluck group to try.  My mom is all about the health food and I knew she would love to try these beans.

Bob's Red Mill Orca Heritage Beans

I cooked up a pot of Orca Beans and used about half of them for chicken chili that was enjoyed by the whole clan. We were leaving on our trip to Kansas City the next morning, so I froze the other half of the beans. I have good luck cooking big batches of beans and freezing half to use on busy weeknights.

Ham with Orca Beans and Rice Miss in the Kitchen

A cold front has moved across most of the country this week and a batch of beans and rice seemed like the perfect meal to warm the guys up after being out in the cold wind all day. I added a bit of ham, peppers, onions and garlic plus a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles. Served up with rice and the best cornbread, it was perfect indeed.

Ham with Orca Beans and Rice

Bob’s Red Mill Orca Heritage Beans are grown in the Pacific Northwest.  They are a also known as calypso beans.  They are a small bean, really tasty and high in fiber, and iron.  They are perfect for comfort meals, soups, salads and side dishes.  I really loved the personal story of how Bob found the beans on a small farm in Moses Lake, Washington and after trying them, bought the entire crop.

That’s what I really love about Bob’s Red Mill, real food that is good for you and they can tell you exactly where it came from.   That is seriously the best.

Ham, Beans and Rice Recipe

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Ham with Orca Beans and Rice

Ham with Orca Beans and Rice

A comforting, delicious and healthy meal with Orca Heritage Beans, Ham and served over rice.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3/4 cup diced sweet pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 2 cups cooked Bob's Red Mill Orca Heritage Beans*
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced fire roasted tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cups cooked rice for serving


  1. Add olive oil to a large pan or Dutch oven. Add onion, peppers and garlic. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent, about 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. Add ham, beans and tomatoes, stirring to combine. Add water, salt and cumin, stirring until well combined. Bring mixture to a slow boil.
  3. Lower heat to simmer. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Spoon mixture over rice and serve.
  5. *I cooked the beans according to the package directions.

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  1. Love these beans. This recipe looks good. I, also, want to try the Hearty Orca Bean Soup. I love soups and this one looks good.

  2. I adore your recipe with the ham added and also the wonderful little bit of lime and cornbread – wow! I’d also like to try the Spicy White and Black Bean Brownies because I love all kinds of beans and like to incorporate them in desserts, too.

  3. I have never used Orcas…how interesting. I also have great luck making huge pots of beans and freeing them. I am likely to throw and handful of beans into almost anything. Now that we have our first real cold front, I’d love to make a nice, spicy chili or taco soup

  4. Oh I would love to try your HAM WITH ORCA BEANS AND RICE!! That looks so good and would be perfect for ham leftovers!!!

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