Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Do you like the idea of cooking dried beans from scratch, but don’t think you have time to stir the pots for hours and hours?

I have a great solution for you. Cook your beans in your slowcooker.

Yes, it takes a little planning ahead, but you’ll come home to a nice big pot of cooked beans. I serve this with my favorite cornbread and some chopped onion.

From the “Thrifty Bean Cookbook” (Kindle Cookbook)

Pinto Beans From the Slowcooker
  • 1 lb. dry pinto beans
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 lb. ham hocks
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 large onion, chopped[br]
  • [b]House Seasoning:[/b][br]
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup pepper
  1. Soak the beans in cold water overnight. Drain and dump into a slow cooker. Add the oregano and chili powder and stir to mix.
  2. In a separate pot, soak the ham hock for 2 hours. (You can also soak, refrigerated, overnight if you wish). Add to the slow cooker and add the liquid from soaking the ham. If the ham hock is not fully covered, add more water. Now add the onion and stir well.
  3. Now make the house dressing by mixing together the garlic powder, salt and pepper. Use this seasoning to season the beans.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for about 5 hours or until beans are very tender.


Pinto Beans cooked in a slowcooker and served with a side of cornbread.

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Connie - April 17, 2014

This sounds like a great recipe. How much of the House Seasoning do you use for the beans?

    Hillbilly Housewife - April 22, 2014

    I start with about a teaspoon and adjust as needed. As long as you get some of it in there to begin with, you can add more seasoning later.

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