Anasazi Beans & Ham


Anasazi Beans & Ham

Marianne Jensen – Christ the Rock, Farmington, N.M.
Course Main Course, side
Cuisine Southwest
Servings 8


  • 2 cups dry Anasazi Beans rinsed and sorted
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3/4 - 1 lb bone in ham steak cubed
  • 4 ounces can diced green chiles
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Rinse dried beans and sort for stems and stones. In a large stock pot, cover beans with 3 quarts water and bring to a boil. Cook covered at a gentle boil for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until beans begin to soften (this will happen more quickly at lower altitudes).
  • Add remaining ingredients and continue cooking for 3-4 hours or until all liquid is absorbed. Heat may be reduced from boiling once onions have softened and become transparent.
  • To avoid scorching at higher altitudes, beans may be finished in a 350 degree oven, but should be stirred every 20-30 minutes. Remove ham bone before serving.
  • Serve warm with tortillas or cornbread.


Anasazi beans are a special cultivar of pinto bean cultivated from 600 year-old seed beans found in Ancestral Pueblo ruins of the Four Corners in the early 1900's. They have a thinner skin, cook more quickly, produce less gas, and can be ordered online from Adobe Milling of Dove Creek, CO.