Jalapeno Ham Hash

Jalapeno Ham Hash  - BoulderLocavore.com

Despite having a list of lip-smacking Easter leftover recipes, another one popped to mind I had to try:  Jalapeno Ham Hash.  When I was growing up I loved Corned Beef Hash.  Of course it was from a can but I could not get enough of the tiny cubed potatoes and corned beef.  It was not until I was an adult that I realize it could be made from scratch and frankly was completely different, and much more robust with flavor.

I love dishes like hash as they incorporate different flavors and textures that make the dish interesting.  We have a favorite post-Thanksgiving hash recipe that uses up turkey, stuffing and potatoes.  It’s incredibly delicious and we plan for it as loyally as we do our standard Thanksgiving dinner recipes!   One of the things we most love about it is a fantastic crunch thanks to slivered almonds.

Jalapeno Ham Hash  - BoulderLocavore.com

The idea of sautéed jalapeno pepper and ham sounded fantastic to me.  I learned last year with a few of my leftover dishes that ham marries well into spicier Mexican or Southwestern recipes (such as Cheesy Ham and Black Bean Nachos).  Most of us only make a ham for the holidays so it’s not something we spend a lot of time experimenting with.  As we’ve been enjoying redo’s of plates of Mashed Potato, Ham and Peas from Easter itself and of course ham sandwiches, I decided to sauté some of the abundant leftover ham with potatoes, onions, garlic, jalapeno with some smoked paprika and three in some roasted Pepitas for crunch.  It’s a comfort food dish, and one that would be perfect with eggs for a hearty breakfast or paired with a salad for dinner.  It’s complete in less than thirty minutes and will store well as a leftovers too!

Jalapeno Ham Hash  - BoulderLocavore.com


Jalapeno Ham Hash

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Aproximately 6 cups hash (serves 6-8)

A perfect dish for leftover holiday ham, or a reason to buy ham! This Jalapeno Ham Hash is simple to whip up with sultry, earthy spice from the jalapeno pepper and smoked paprika. Ready in less than 30 minutes.


  • 1 ½ plus 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ¾ cup Red Onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Garlic Clove, diced (approximately 1 large clove)
  • ¼ cup fresh Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and diced (1 large pepper)
  • 2 cups New Potatoes, scrubbed and cut into ½ inch cubes (or into ½ inch wedges if very small)
  • 2 ½ cups Ham, chopped
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon Hot Smoked Paprika
  • ½ Roasted and Salted Pepitas (pumpkin seed kernels)
  • Garnish: 2-3 tablespoons chopped Cilantro


  1. In a heavy skillet heat 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeno. Sauté until onions begin to turn translucent (about 2 minutes). Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Add the additional tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Add the potatoes. Stirring occasionally, allow the potatoes to cook until cooked (firm but not crunchy); 5-8 minutes. Do not stir constantly so the potatoes can form a crisp crust.
  3. Add the ham to the skillet with the potatoes; stir to combine and heat the ham. Add back the onion, garlic and jalapeno along with the hot paprika. Stir to combine and warm everything evenly.
  4. Stir in the pepitas and serve garnished with chopped cilantro.



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