Ham, Pinto, and Rice Soup

There’s something about the cold weather that makes me want soup, and especially bean soup.  Bean soup is so simple and easy to make, and makes for a very affordable meal as well! (I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of affordable combined with delicious!)

Last night I was really craving been soup, but since I had worked all day I didn’t have been started in the crock pot to make my Slow Cooker Ham and Pinto Soup.  So of course, I improvised!  I had one can of pintos, so I used those.  I will be making this recipe again, and I was eager to share it.

Ham, Pinto, and Rice Soup
Yield: 4 servings


1 15.5 ounce can pinto beans, not drained
3 medium tomatoes*
one handful of rice
approximately 3/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic, or 1 clove fresh garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped ham (any variety)
several shakes of chili powder
2-3 cups water


1. In a medium stock pot, add one cup water, onion, and garlic.  Cook until onion is transparent.

2. Add all other ingredients and cook for around 30-45 minutes, until tomato is well done and rice is cooked.  Adjust salt, water, and/or chili powder to taste.

* You could easily substitute a small can of diced tomatoes if you don’t have fresh tomatoes!

This soup is excellent plain, and my husband loves it with sour cream and cheese added when serving.  Either way, it’s perfect for a fall or winter meal!


About recipeshappen

I'm Bonnie. I'm a pharmacy technician and new wife to Bogdan. I love cooking, usually without recipes. I love good sales and coupons, but haven't quite figured out the best way to find them. I make the typical new-wife mistakes and have burned my share of cookies. I like a cold house and a hot shower all year long.
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5 Responses to Ham, Pinto, and Rice Soup

  1. createengwp says:

    Can’t say no to a warm soup this season and many upcoming ones!

  2. Amanda Embry says:

    I made this (or close to it, anyway, since I didn’t exactly measure anything) the other night. I had some leftover pinto beans, and used a can of diced tomatoes with onions (thus saving myself chopping up onions). It was really good, especially with the sour cream. Thanks for the idea, I would have never put all of those particular ingredients together this way!

    • Awesome.
      That’s often how I cook, too, just throwing things together… your way sounds perfect and I’m glad you followed the “spirit” of this recipe and found it pleasing! 🙂

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