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Crock Pot Pinto Beans

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Crock Pot Pinto Beans


Crock Pot Pinto Beans are a versatile, healthy meal that can be eaten many different ways.  Use leftovers to make your own refried beans, better than canned.  Serve with cornbread and/or mashed potatoes.  Growing up in the South, pinto beans were a staple item.  They were inexpensive and went a long way – important when feeding a family on a small budget.

I never did mind eating beans so often because they were served in a variety of ways, usually with a starch or vegetables – with mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, potato salad, or baked potatoes.  Then sometimes we had pintos with macaroni & cheese or macaroni salad in the summer.  Cornbread or biscuits were always required  ;)

Oh summer, the best meals ever … fresh tomatoes or fried okra alongside the pinto beans … and on and on.  Good memories, great food.


Crock Pot Pinto Beans

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 hours

Crock Pot Pinto Beans

Pinto beans are a versatile, healthy meal that can be eaten many different ways. Use leftovers to make your own refried beans, better than canned. Serve with cornbread and/or mashed potatoes ...too many possibilities to list. Enjoy!


1 lb dry pinto beans
1 ham hock (optional)
8 cups water
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
2 tsp. cumin
*salt to taste, added at end of cooking


  1. Soak pintos overnight in water to cover, at least 2 inches above beans.
  2. Drain and add to slow cooker with all other ingredients, except salt.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW 10-12 hours. The longer they cook, the better they are!
  4. Add salt (1 tablespoon or more) to taste, the last hour of cooking. *Salt prevents beans from getting soft & tender during cooking, so add at the end when beans have become tender.
  5. Serve over rice - with lemon soaked onion slices - topped with cheddar cheese - chopped cilantro, etc
    Make it vegetarian - leave out the ham hock & substitute 1 teaspoon liquid smoke for flavor if you want.

Make it in a NEW Crock-Pot 6-1/2-Quart Programmable Touch Screen Slow Cooker!

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