Habichuelas Guisadas Rapiditas (Quick Bean Stew)

Servings  6

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 pound smoked ham, diced
1/4 cup Basic Recaito
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups water or chicken stock
1/4 pound calabaza (West Indian
pumpkin), peeled and diced
1 cup alcaparrado
2 16-ounce cans beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
1 Heat the oil in a large pot. Saute the ham for 3 minutes. Add the recaito and
tomato sauce, and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the water and calabaza.
Bring to a boil, and add the alcaparrado, beans, and black pepper. Bring to a boil again.
Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
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