Ham Hocks with Lima Beans

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Simmering meat and beans to tenderness with tomato and tamarind powder creates a hearty, delicious flavor. It's a perfect dish for the busy homemaker.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
5 servings


  • 4 ounces dried lima beans

  • 2 ½ pounds ham hocks

  • 1 (2 inch) piece fresh ginger root, sliced

  • 1 large tomato, diced

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 fresh green chile peppers

  • 1 tablespoon tamarind soup base

  • 3 cups water

  • salt to taste

  • 1 bunch fresh spinach


  1. Place the lima beans into a large container and cover with several inches of warm water; let stand 1 hour. Drain.

  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add the ham hocks and return to a boil; cook at a boil for 1 minute. Drain and rinse.

  3. Combine the lima beans and ham hocks in a stockpot; add the ginger, tomato, onion, green chile peppers, tamarind powder, and 3 cups water. Season with salt to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer the soup until the pork is tender and the lima beans are soft and bursting from their skins, about 20 minutes. Add the spinach to the soup and cook until the spinach has just wilted.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

725 Calories
48g Fat
25g Carbs
47g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 725
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g 62%
Saturated Fat 17g 84%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 494mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 47g
Vitamin C 72mg 362%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 1637mg 35%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.