Green Chile Glazed Ham

Green Chile Glazed Ham

Green Chile Glazed Ham is easy, spicy, and very versatile – here it’s served on a naan pizza with Monterey Jack cheese & was a hit with the whole family

Green Chile Glazed Ham is a basic flavor combination that can be used in many different dishes that the family will love – here I used it as the topping for individual naan pizzas with a layer of shredded Monterey Jack cheese. The photo is a close-up. It was a big hit with lots of requests for seconds and thirds. If served on pizzas like this, this recipe will serve about 4; served by itself as a main dish it will serve about 2 people.

I used a basic classic ham glaze recipe that’s a sugar and spice blend. I just keep it in a large plastic jar or covered tub. That way it’s easy to add to a dish with almost no effort. This dish is very forgiving, so you can substitute any other ham glaze, whether in a sauce form or a mix like this. You can also increase or decrease the glaze to adjust for how sweet you want it.

I used Big Jim chiles from last year – Big Jims are my favorite all around chile and tend to be medium hot to hot. Last year was a great year for chiles and they were on the hot side with wonderful flavor. You can use hotter or milder chiles and increase or decrease the amount of chiles to suit your taste.

I cooked a 10-lb ham a couple weeks ago and froze much of it in plastic bags, so I’m having a ball experimenting with all kinds of dishes that use green chiles and ham. It’s a great combination for many  culinary adventures.

So try this one out – and feel free to experiment with it. Hope you like it!

Green Chile Glazed Ham
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Recipe type: Main dish
Cuisine: Southwestern
Serves: 2 servings
  • 8-10 oz ham (sliced, diced, or shredded)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2-3 tbsp hot diced green chiles
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup ham glaze spice mix (see below)
  • water as needed
  • ham glaze:
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  1. Combine the 8 spices and sugar for ham glaze and stir to blend well. Measure out ¼ cup and set aside; transfer the rest to a jar or container to store.
  2. Melt butter in a nonstick skillet and saute the ham on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the green chiles, vinegar, and ham glaze spice mix.
  3. Stir and saute 2-3 more minutes to blend flavors. If desired, add more glaze and chiles to adjust heat and sweetness to taste. Add 1-2 tbsp water as needed as the ham can dry out if you don't watch it.
  4. Serve as a main dish, in sandwiches, on pizza, however.
  5. Enjoy!


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