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Jambalaya with Ham

Our Jambalaya with Ham is the perfect leftover ham recipe after the holidays.  This quick jambalaya is a one pan version that comes together in 30 minutes.  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy jambalaya, Jambalaya, Jambalaya with Ham, Jambalaya with leftover ham, leftover ham recipe, one pan jambalaya, quick jambalaya
Servings: 8
Calories: 214kcal
Author: Barbara


  • 2-3 cups ham, cubed
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 (14.5) ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice (NOT INSTANT)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Tabasco (optional)


  • In a large skillet, melt butter and lightly brown ham.
  • Add diced onion and green pepper, and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add minced garlic, and saute for another 30 seconds.
  • To the skillet, add un-drained tomatoes, water, rice and Tabasco.
  • Cover with a tight fitting lid, and simmer for 30 minutes or until the rice is cooked. Occasionally stir lightly.
  • Season with salt to taste before serving.


  • Cook this in a skillet that has a tight fitting lid like this one
  • Use canned diced tomatoes; do not drain.
  • Jarred minced garlic can be used.  Be sure not to let the garlic burn. 
  • Use regular white rice, not the instant variety. 
  • Tabasco is 100% optional.  My family does not like heat; so I omit.  If your family likes it really spicy, add more than the 1/8 teaspoon that the recipe calls for. 
  • I love how this is a one pan jambalaya recipe.  This makes for easy cleanup.
  • My favorite recipe for a spiral ham is this 3 Ingredient version featuring orange cream soda in the crock pot. 


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 529mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 211IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg