Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Ultimate Slow Cooker Guide to Beans

A single food can be  the springboard for an entire supper, and few ingredients have as much to offer as the humble bean. Pinto beans in particular are appealing because they have a creamy texture and mild flavor, are widely available, and dirt cheap.  You can turn a pot of pintos into a multitude of soups, salads,  plates of hearty rice and beans, and of course, tacos and tostadas.

While a sturdy pot set on the stovetop cooks beans just beautifully, the slow cooker allows you to do the job without minding the store, so to speak. It’s become a matter of course in our house to get the crock pot going with a pound of beans on Monday morning to use in meals throughout the week. While I’ve tinkered around with different techniques — soaking the beans, adding a chopped onion or cloves of garlic, playing around with various seasonings — nothing has been as successful as the bare bones approach by Mexican food affianado Deborah Schneider in her book The Mexican Slow Cooker.

The beans aren’t soaked in advance, everything goes into the slow cooker all at once, and the five-ingredient recipe calls for nothing more exotic than crushed red pepper.

The result?  One delicious pot of slow cooker pinto beans.

They were so good, in fact, that Rosie did up a bowl for her after school snack (what could be more warm and nourishing?) and didn’t mind that those same beans were the centerpiece of our meal just a few hours later. I built tostadas on a base of corn tortillas crisped in a pan with a slick of oil, then topped with pintos, salsa, a chopped cabbage salad, and crumbled cotija cheese. What remained in the pot went into school lunches the next day and a breakfast of huevos rancheros the day after that. That’s my kind of cooking.

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Ultimate Slow Cooker Guide to Beans
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Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

These pinto beans couldn't be easier to make in a slow cooker. Any that you don't use within a few days can be stored in a container or resealable bag and kept in the freezer. To turn whole pintos into a healthy version of refried beans, saute a little onion and garlic in olive oil until tender, add the beans and some of the cooking liquid, and cook for a few minutes. Then, mash with a fork or puree in a blender.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 1 minute
Servings 6 cups (12 1/2 cup servings)
Calories 122 kcal
Author katiemorford

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried pinto beans (2 1/2 cups), rinsed, picked over for tiny stones
  • 7 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Put the beans, water, crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper into the slow cooker and stir. Cover and cook on low until the beans are tender but not falling apart (7 to 9 hours). The time will vary depending on the size and age of the beans. Once cooked, turn off the slow cooker. If you leave the beans in the slow cooker for a while, they will continue to absorb the liquid as they cool, making them more tender and creamy.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Mexican Slow Cooker by Deborah Schneider

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Comments

02.11.2013 at 8:20 AM #

Jill Castle

I’m making these Katie!

02.11.2013 at 8:20 AM #

katiemorford

Oh good…they were a hit around here.

02.11.2013 at 8:20 AM #

Kevin H.

If using ham hocks, when should they be added? And should I soak the ham hocks in separate water before adding?

02.11.2013 at 8:35 AM #

Pamela

Great tip about the slow cooker and not having to soak the beans~~will do this soon!
thanks again!

02.12.2013 at 10:53 AM #

Robin

Perfect. I love to keep a container of them in the fridge all week–for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Great emergency food that can be dressed up or served simply. The slow cooker sure provides time for other kitchen projects!

02.12.2013 at 10:53 AM #

katiemorford

Hi Robin, What are some of your favorite resources for slow cooker recipes?

02.13.2013 at 11:43 AM #

kim brady

I LOVE beans in the slow cooker- you just can’t mess them up! My usual is black beans and I like to add a cinnamon stick or a couple star anise(the smell is wonderful) as well as a piece of Kombu to soften and thicken the broth. I will have to try the refried version I have been making the leftovers into soup. Do you boil the water before you add it to the crock pot because I heard this will cook them quicker but I wonder about them splitting? Also I was told to add the salt at the end because it hardens the beans… true or not. Thanks Katie, as usual a post that will widen my cooking repertoire!

02.13.2013 at 11:43 AM #

katiemorford

I think pre-boiling may split them but I’m not sure. I too usually salt at the end but they are delicious done this way as well

02.13.2013 at 1:37 PM #

Lori

We are expecting colder weather this weekend and I will do these and homemade wheat flour tortillas. Yum–can’t wait!

02.13.2013 at 1:37 PM #

katiemorford

Perfect cold-weather-weekend meal. Hope you like it!

08.15.2013 at 10:36 AM #

Amy H

I love beans in the crockpot, and as a (mostly) vegetarian, I love that you don’t have a ham hock in yours! I add a little bit of Mexican oregano, a little bit of epazote, a chopped onion and some smashed garlic cloves to mine; I’ll have to try the red pepper. Love your site!

08.15.2013 at 10:36 AM #

Tee

I made these today and they are delicious! Thank you!!

09.02.2013 at 2:32 PM #

vanessa gallagher

thank you for this easy, delicious recipe! i have a very picky 3 year old who loved these beans. i’ve made them twice now, thank you!

09.07.2013 at 5:36 PM #

Becky

Gotta be honest – I didn’t think this would work! I’ve soaked beans, boiled, simmered, you name it…..and they’ve never come out “right”. But, I figured I’d try it, what the heck. Sure enough, the most simple, no effort required recipe produced the creamiest and most delicious beans. I never would’ve known they had been dried! I added some bacon ends to them for some smokey flavor – this will be a recipe I use again and again!

09.07.2013 at 5:36 PM #

katiemorford

Thanks Becky. I sort of felt the same way when I was making these. Love the idea of a little bacon.

09.07.2013 at 5:36 PM #

Gail F

Yum! These turned out great and will be perfect for my spinach and beans tonight!
I added about 2/3 jar of salsa as well for just a bit more flavor. It cooked right in so you don’t know there was salsa, but the flavor is great!

10.28.2013 at 10:22 AM #

Jessica

I’m attempting this recipe right now! I’ll let you know how it turns out!

12.14.2013 at 12:53 AM #

Tom in CA

Superb. Cooked to instructions in crock pot but with only 1/4 the red pepper flakes suggested and added half of salt at beginning and the other half toward end of cooking. Truly superb.

I too have cooked dried pinto beans in crock pot with chopped onions, garlic, bacon drippings, etc. – numerous ways and though all were very good these were the simplest and the best

12.14.2013 at 12:53 AM #

katiemorford

Great to hear. It’s a reminder that sometimes the simplest is the best!

10.27.2014 at 2:08 PM #

Big Bad John

This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’ll be making it this week. Thank you.

10.27.2014 at 2:08 PM #

katiemorford

Terrific!

10.27.2014 at 2:08 PM #

katiemorford

Great! Hope you like them.

12.19.2014 at 4:39 PM #

Gracie

Can I double the recipe and if so, how long should the cooking time be? Thank you.

12.19.2014 at 4:39 PM #

katiemorford

I would imagine doubling would work just fine, as long as you have a roomy crock pot. The cooking time should be the same.

12.19.2014 at 4:41 PM #

Gracie

Would the beans be good if I double the recipe, and how long should they be cooked?

09.13.2015 at 8:19 PM #

Sophie

Will this work well with other types of beans?

Do you have other other beans recipes you could share in addition to this one, that you really liked? I’m not really a beans person but for the great benefits I read about, liver being one of them, I am going to try eating some everyday but need recipes that will keep me motivated.

Thanks!

09.27.2015 at 6:27 PM #

Susan

I have cooked beans in the crock pot for years. I will put ham or ham bone in them and cook them 24 hrs. They are not overdone and there is no gas associated with them.

09.27.2015 at 6:27 PM #

katiemorford

Love the idea of a ham bone in there!

11.13.2015 at 6:36 PM #

stacy

We just had the beans tonight for dinner. What an easy recipe and we both liked how the beans had a subtle “kick” to them. I added just a tiny amount of real maple syrup to them,too. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

11.13.2015 at 6:36 PM #

katiemorford

So glad it worked for you. I love that little “kick” too…probably a great balance with that touch of maple syrup. Thanks for chiming in.

01.18.2016 at 2:28 PM #

R Smith

Easy recipe I add water, salt and a,couple of tablespoons of sugar the MOST DELIOCIOU BEANS,EVER

01.18.2016 at 2:28 PM #

katiemorford

I’ll have to try your spin on things. This is a favorite in our house too. Just used the same method on a pound of lima beans. Delicious, too.

01.23.2016 at 3:00 PM #

angelitacarmelita

I love, LOVE beans, and I found your recipe a fews years ago and am sorry that I’m only commenting now. I live in VA, and we have approx. 30 inches of snow on the ground today. I thought to myself “what sounds good?” and your recipe came to mind immediately. I absolutely love yours over literally any other simple bean recipe I’ve ever used. No presoak, it takes the salt early so they are perfectly seasoned, and its literally the best and easiest method I’ve ever seen or used. I’ve made them as written and now tweak them a little, I add the beans, salt, a chopped small onion, chopped jalapeno (in place of the red pepper flakes), and some fresh cilantro. So good with some cornbread and exactly what I’m having all day tomorrow! Some seriously good beans, thanks to Deborah for the recipe and to you Katie for sharing it with us!

01.23.2016 at 3:00 PM #

katiemorford

So glad this came in handy when you were snowed in. I like your recipe tweaks. Thanks for sharing. Stay warm!

03.13.2016 at 8:24 PM #

Jamie

These are so delicious. I never thought I would love to eat beans but I love these, and they could not be simpler (or cheaper). We make them all the time, we freeze leftovers, and it has led to some seriously good healthful and cheap meals in this house. Thank you VERY much!

03.13.2016 at 8:24 PM #

katiemorford

You are so welcome. I think beans as one of the true superfoods, and so economical, too. Thanks for sharing.

07.28.2016 at 12:53 PM #

Mandi

I’ve used this recipe several times. I like to make carnitas in the crock pot too. I separate and freeze them as well as homemade salsa. These beans pare perfectly with my carnitas. Thanks to you I always have a side for my emergency carnitas. And I never buy canned beans now. I have a small crock pot and since I freeze them I don’t want them turning mushy come time to defrost and reheat so after a few times with this recipe I’ve learned in my small crock pot 6hrs gets them right where I want them. It’s so nice knowing anytime I need beans I have them. Once I take out the last bag, I start the crockpot with more. And it’s lovely not having to heat up the house. Especially in this Texas heat living in an RV that can barely stay cool anyways. Love them and how versital they are.

11.13.2016 at 9:56 PM #

Idi

Tried this tonight and it worked out perfect. Thanks!

11.13.2016 at 9:56 PM #

katiemorford

Oh good! You are welcome.

03.12.2017 at 8:17 AM #

Judy

Thx I just made them. Added broth from my cooked chuck roast and what flavor!

03.12.2017 at 8:17 AM #

katiemorford

Brilliant addition. I bet they were delicious.

04.10.2017 at 10:47 AM #

Lawrence Sutherland

Making them now. Soaked the beans overnight, then added 2 cups mushroom broth, 6 cups water, a chopped onion, orange bell pepper, squirt of Serrano pepper sauce, diced garlic, dash of cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp oregano and 1/4 lb cubed ham.

04.10.2017 at 10:47 AM #

Lawrence Sutherland

Plus all the recipe ingedients, of course 😉

04.10.2017 at 10:47 AM #

katiemorford

Sounds delicious! Love the idea of mushroom broth in there. Thanks for sharing.

04.29.2017 at 12:15 PM #

Isabella darlene figueroa

These were the best pinto beans I have ever made, I am widow mom of 3 kids and love to cook meals in my slow cooker, my kids and I truly enjoyed the flavor and texture of them, we made burritos, and tacos out of them and it was so delicious. The best part just prepare them as instructed, turn your crock pot on low, set the timer for 6.5 hrs, which is all it took for mine to be soft and tender, and leave for the day.
Thank you for sharing and God bless!

04.29.2017 at 12:15 PM #

katiemorford

Aw…so glad you like them!

04.29.2017 at 12:23 PM #

Isabella darlene figueroa

I just subscribed, will be trying out many of your dinner recipes. I will be sure to comment on them.
Isabella 🙏🕇🤗⚘

06.10.2017 at 7:37 PM #

Deb

I love to cook mine with pork jowl bacon smoked it is so good put in cockpot all-night like to put vinegar and ketchup in mine when done

06.10.2017 at 7:37 PM #

katiemorford

That sounds delicious!

07.08.2017 at 7:10 AM #

Priscilla

Last night, after rinsing and checking 2 pounds of dried pintos, I put them in the Crock-Pot with all the ingredients except for the crushed red pepper, added about 1 1/2 cups of leftover ham from the freezer, set it to cook for 10 hrs on low, and went to bed. This morning my husband had a bowl of hot, delicious beans. How easy is that!! For lunch we’ll have hot cornbread and tomorrow I’ll serve beans with Crock-Pot Enchilada Casserole and Mexican rice. If we get tired of beans before they’re gone I’ll just put them in a Ziploc bag and freeze for later. Wow! Life doesn’t get any better than this! Three, maybe more, great meals for one night of cooking while I sleep! Thank you for this great way to cook dried beans!

07.11.2017 at 8:52 PM #

Toni

Simply delicious. I have never been able to make a decent pot of beans. When I saw the simplicity of the recipe I thought I’d give it a try. I followed the recipe exactly, starting the beans before I went to bed. I woke up to perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned beans. This is definitely going to be a staple recipe for me! Thank you for this simple and delicious recipe.

07.11.2017 at 8:52 PM #

katiemorford

So glad you liked it Toni!

07.19.2017 at 10:14 AM #

Erin

Your recipe has been a staple in our househould for the past few years, but I’ve never taken the time to comment.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this recipe! I use the same ingredients with both black and pinto bean batches and they come out perfectly every single time! (In fact, I’ve got a batch in the slow cooker right now!)

Your cheap and delicious — and versatile! — beans have allowed us to scrimp and save on groceries in order to have enough money to visit family in Ireland twice in two years; AND I’ve shared the recipe with all of my high school students, many of whom come from lower income families. Quite a few parents/guardians have thanked me for giving their kids your recipe!

Thanks again for sharing your expertise! 🙂

07.19.2017 at 10:14 AM #

katiemorford

I think that comment ranks right up there with the top five ever. Thank you for taking the time and for sharing the recipe. It’s such a great skill for anyone to know how to cook beans and especially great for teens who are just starting out. Most appreciated. x, Katie

09.18.2017 at 11:26 PM #

Luke Allen Wylde

I’ve have made this recipe for my wife well over ten times. She’s from Southern California and I’m from Arizona so we both regularly crave Mexican food. My only additions to this super simple cook up are two teaspoons ground cumin and a couple bay leaves.

Thanks for this and happy cooking!

09.18.2017 at 11:26 PM #

katiemorford

Sounds like great additions. Glad you like the beans!

09.22.2017 at 4:04 PM #

Debra Sittig

Trying them right now. I always have problems making beans. I rinse, soak..follow directions and they never turn out quite right. Will let you know-how they turn out! Thanks!

09.22.2017 at 4:04 PM #

katiemorford

Good luck!

10.12.2017 at 11:59 AM #

Joe

Making these beans today and going to add barbecued Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip, diced sweet onions, diced anaheim chilis, cilantro, couple of bay leaves and 2 teaspoons ground cumin.
Mexican girlfriend will be all over these tonight.

Thank you Katie.

10.12.2017 at 11:59 AM #

katiemorford

That all sounds delicious.

10.13.2017 at 10:14 AM #

Mandy

Was looking for a way to cook beans the cheapest way so I can freeze them for different quick meals. I like to make soups and rice dishes and casseroles. I can take out of the freezer only what I want portion wise 😊

10.13.2017 at 10:14 AM #

katiemorford

So smart to freeze. I throw my extra beans in the freezer all the time and it’s so nice to have on hand.

11.07.2017 at 5:23 AM #

denise mccleese

I just put a pot of these pinto beans on thank you I love cooking in the Crock-Pot I decreased the portions because now instead of cooking for 7 people I’m just cooking for my husband and myself. Been waiting 34 years for this.

11.07.2017 at 5:23 AM #

katiemorford

Enjoy the peace and quiet 🙂

11.28.2017 at 3:27 PM #

BIGFAMBAM

Came out perfect ! I love this, it’s a wonderful starter for many other variations. Or served as is ! I love the left over juice.

12.03.2017 at 7:15 AM #

Doug Weaver

This is an easy recipe and I will try it in the next couple days. My mom always made some type of dried beans and I loved them.
Thanks for this recipe.

12.24.2017 at 4:36 PM #

Teri

Hi! I just wanted to share with you how grateful my family and I are to you. I tried this recipe for the first time a couple years ago and now it is the only way we cook pintos in this house. It’s Christmas Eve and I had not even thought about having pintos as part of our meal but my husband insisted I do this recipe tonight for tomorrow. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing with so many people! We love, love, love these and will never cook them any other way again!! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS AND A MOST WONDERFUL NEW YEAR! GOD BLESS!

12.24.2017 at 4:36 PM #

katiemorford

You are so sweet to take the time to leave that comment. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

01.05.2018 at 3:33 PM #

Tristah

I don’t mind onion and garlic flavor but I don’t care to bite into them … do you think there would be enough flavor if I left the garlic whole and the onion whole to scoop out when it’s done cooking? Also I seen someone comment about using brother for part of it rather than all water … what is your thoughts on that? I can’t wait to try it!!!

01.05.2018 at 3:33 PM #

katiemorford

Hi Tristah,

Yes, you can leave the garlic cloves whole and maybe cut the onion in half. And yes to cooking in some or all broth, as long as the broth is low sodium and tastes good. Hope you enjoy!

01.15.2018 at 2:20 PM #

Tara Scyoc

I am going to try this. We don’t eat a lot bean but it is worth a shot since I was given the beans. What do you suggest to dress them up after cooking?

01.15.2018 at 2:20 PM #

Amy B

I’m planning on making greens and “fried” corn bread with mine, and probably going to put some ham or bacon in with the beans. 🙂

01.15.2018 at 2:20 PM #

katiemorford

The possibilities are endless. Most often I just pair them with brown rice and any number of accompaniments: a squeeze of lime, chopped cilantro, salsa, avocado. They are great smashed onto a tortilla with a fried egg and salsa and a bit of cheese.

01.29.2018 at 10:58 AM #

Ann Bartz

Hi Katie,

First I want to thank you so much for posting your recipe for Coastal Kale Salad – I’m a New Seasons customer myself and have now made your recipe quite a few times and loved it every time. I’m making these beans today knowing they’ll be good since it’s your recipe. I’m using just one cup of beans and put them in three cups of chicken broth – but it’s not low-sodium and now I’m thinking of taking out half the broth and using water instead after seeing your reply to Tristah. If you don’t add salt, doesn’t regular broth (rather than low-sodium) work out okay?

01.29.2018 at 10:58 AM #

katiemorford

Hi Anne,

I imagine if you are using regular broth as your liquid rather than water, you can skip the salt. You can always add salt at the end, if need be.

Glad you like to kale salad!

Katie

02.21.2018 at 6:21 AM #

yunah

i finally got a slow cooker ( no instapot in korea yet) & found this recipe – huge hit in my house – so easy & delicious – thanks K!

04.02.2018 at 7:25 AM #

Cyndie

Seemed too easy to be good. However, they are now my “go to” receipe for pinto beans! Everyone loves them. 5 star rating.

04.02.2018 at 7:25 AM #

katiemorford

Yay! And yes, so easy.

05.23.2018 at 1:04 PM #

Carolyn

Has anyone tried to speed things up by cooking the beans on high and cooking for fewer hours?

07.01.2018 at 8:11 AM #

Toni M. Baumgartner

Thanks for the great advice on cooking beans. My pinto beans cooked in around 2 1/2 hours on high in my slow cooker.

07.01.2018 at 8:11 AM #

katiemorford

Wonderful. I appreciate the input on cooking it on high.

07.08.2018 at 1:19 PM #

Meriah

We are trying your recipe as I write! Excited for dinner tonight!

07.08.2018 at 1:19 PM #

katiemorford

Yay! Hope you enjoy.

08.16.2018 at 5:32 AM #

Frida

Hi, I made them puerto rican style, with chicken broth instead of water, I measured 6 cups of broth and a can of tomato sauce. I added a little bit of vinegar, 1 envelope of sazon accent with achiote for color, 1 tlbs of sofrito and 1 tlbs of crushed garlic, salt and pepper….. they were perfection. Not buying can beans ever….thanks

08.16.2018 at 5:32 AM #

katiemorford

That sounds positively delicious! Thanks for sharing.

09.03.2018 at 9:38 AM #

Cindy

Good Morning,

I just started my first slow cooker pintos. I’ve tried on the stove top a couple of times and they were just awful. I’m hoping these are great. Growing up these were a staple in our home. I’ve tried to copy my mom’s recipe but… no. They were a disaster. She passed away before I attempted them so I was kinda going in blindly. This recipe looks like what she used to cook. I know she added salt pork so I did add that. Fingers crossed. Thanks again….

09.03.2018 at 9:38 AM #

katiemorford

Hi Cindy, Thanks for sharing your pinto beans story and saga. These family food memories are precious. I hope they turn out! Katie

09.23.2018 at 9:01 PM #

Eva

I fell in love with this recipe. The amount of water is perfect,the amount of ingredient is perfect and the beans always come out perfect! I make black beans,pinto beans,white beans and always use this recipe. Put everything together, high 5 hours,do not peek,do not lift the lid,leave it alone !!!
You will end up with perfect beans EVERY SINGLE TIME !!!
I bow in front of you ! Thank you !!!

09.23.2018 at 9:01 PM #

katiemorford

Oh my goodness. So glad you are a fan. This is motivating me to pull out my white beans and get a batch going. Thank you.

10.02.2018 at 10:38 AM #

Lindsey

If I double this recipe, will it all still fit in the slow cooker by the time it’s done cooking?

10.02.2018 at 10:38 AM #

katiemorford

Unless you have a really small slow cooker, it should work.

10.13.2018 at 5:35 PM #

Elaine Miller

These are the best beans i have ever tasted. Hubby even made a bean sandwich he couldn’t stay out of them. Thank you so much for this recipe.

10.13.2018 at 5:35 PM #

katiemorford

I’m so glad you love them as much as I do. I would love to know what goes on your hubby’s bean sandwich.

10.17.2018 at 3:22 AM #

Shannon

Elaine’s hubby made a bean sandwich! Bwahahaha!! That’s hilarious… I, too, would like to know what goes into a bean sandwich.

My hubby just left for work. I have put my 1st batch of the simplest crock-pot beans on, am going back to bed (It’s only 5am!) and I am excited to see how they turn out. They will be ready for lunch! After reading all of the previous comments I decided to not add anything extra.

Thank you for such a simple, healthy recipe that can be used as a base for several more meals or just by itself.

10.19.2018 at 4:00 PM #

Shannon

I am making my 2nd batch tonight! I thought I would have leftovers for extra meals but I was wrong! So, tonight I am doubling the recipe. I didn’t make any adjustments to your super easy recipe- it’s perfect the way it is!

10.19.2018 at 4:00 PM #

katiemorford

Awesome! So glad it was a success.

11.03.2018 at 1:24 PM #

Kimberly Hall

Omg best pinto beans ever .
Cooked in crockpot 5 hours and whala perfect
Made exactly as is but i added 3 gloves of garlic

11.03.2018 at 1:24 PM #

katiemorford

Awesome. A little extra garlic is a perfect addition!

11.18.2018 at 7:02 PM #

Vicki Floyd

I have made these twice now. They are awesome! This is my version of the best pintos beans fit for a potluck, I use a large oval crock pot. Double this recipe. I usually don’t cook with crushed red peppers flakes but have come to believe it was made for pinto beans! If you don’t like hot things cut this spice in half. I otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I cooked it on high for two hours and then added 2 packages Ekridge Farms Skinless Smoked Sausage cut on the diagonal. Check it at five hours, if not quite done , cook one more hour. These beans are good enough to eat without cornbread!

12.22.2018 at 8:55 AM #

Carol Ryder

Thank you for the best ever pinto bean recipe. I am 71 yrs old and raised in Texas, so believe me when I tell you I have tried more ways to cook pinto bean recipes than I can remember. Handed down from all my relatives. Bar none these are the creamiest beans. I made them just like you said. Everyone likes to tweak recipes for me never again . I have already made two pots this week.

12.22.2018 at 8:55 AM #

katiemorford

That is a high compliment coming from a native Texan. Thanks for sharing. Most appreciated.

12.25.2018 at 8:39 AM #

Dominique

This is the best bean recipe ever! We had them with our annual Mexican Christmas Eve meal last night and they were amazing! I don’t think I could go back to buying canned beans after making beans with this recipe. Thank you!

12.25.2018 at 8:39 AM #

katiemorford

So glad to hear that…and honored to have the recipe a part of your holiday.

12.28.2018 at 11:07 AM #

Rachel Mohr-Richards

Hello, I made this recipe before when family members who are vegetarian were in town. I’m making it again for a smaller crowd and I wondered if these freeze well after being made?
Thank you!
Rachel

12.28.2018 at 11:07 AM #

katiemorford

They are never as good as fresh from the pot, but I do routinely freeze beans. I keep them in a good amount of the cooking liquid before freezing.

01.03.2019 at 9:06 PM #

GREG LINDMARK

I cooked these using your recipe adding 4 slices of cut up bacon, about a teaspoon of maple syrup and a few habanero peppers from my garden. Just ate my first bowl full and they are fantastic! Thank you so much for this recipe. I plan to cook other types of beans the same way hopefully with the same results.

01.03.2019 at 9:06 PM #

katiemorford

That sounds DELICIOUS! Glad you like the recipe.

Katie

01.04.2019 at 11:16 AM #

Jeannie Johnson

Have tried cooking beans the different ways my 5 sisters and Mama did. As I’m 77 now, I need very easy to cook and easy to eat, healthy, inexpensive and safe way to cook.
This meets all these requirements and are the best I’ve ever eaten!! Thank you so much for sharing this. I had oral surgery and needed something I could eat. Delicious!
I’ll be using this recipe forever!!

01.05.2019 at 9:55 PM #

Grace

This was my first time cooking dried beans and we all loved it! I took the advice of another comment and added cumin and bay leaves. My kids gobbled up their burritos. I used to always buy canned beans but never again! Thank you for this recipe!!

01.13.2019 at 3:27 PM #

Shirley J Shipley

Love the simplicity! Amazingly good!
There is only one thing I will do different next time… make a double batch! Yummy

01.13.2019 at 3:27 PM #

katiemorford

I just pulled out a pound of beans to do today 🙂 So glad you liked them.

01.14.2019 at 7:41 PM #

Kay Star

Thanks for this super easy recipe. I get to use my new crockpot to cook my favorite childhood dish, pinto beans. I add a little sugar and yummy!

01.19.2019 at 9:42 AM #

Dottie Lively

I am going to try this recipe today 😀

01.19.2019 at 9:42 AM #

katiemorford

Hope you like it.

01.27.2019 at 9:01 PM #

Jake

I was so surprised how good my beans were when I used your nothing fancy recipe, as I have been disappointed with all previous attempts. I added only a small can of mushrooms, a little salt, and a few ounces of chicken stock, and I used distilled water.

01.27.2019 at 9:01 PM #

katiemorford

Thanks Jake. Glad you like them. It’s funny how sometimes simple turns out to be really good.

01.28.2019 at 6:10 PM #

Kristy H.

Hi Katie,
I have not had beans in almost 25 years. At one point as a kid we were so poor that beans and rice was all we could afford so months of eating just that put me off it in my adult years. However, this week I found myself in the same penny pinching situation and pulled out the beans.
Your recipe was simple, which I have to profusely thank you for. I am the farthest thing from a cook, even basics, so this was great. Although I had to make a slight adjustment in seasoning. I’m highly allergic to peppers (green chiles, red chiles, jalapenos) I stop breathing. I’m from NM so chile is a staple in 98% of households here. It’s in everything, even candy. My allergy is a recent development over the last 5 years, and adjusting to a new way to get spicy foods is a challenge. So, I used ground cumin instead. The taste was phenomenal, my picky 14 year old even raved over the taste! Regular black pepper, salt, and cumin.
I’m not saying I’m a fan of beans again, but this recipe is great during those penny pinching times.
Thank you!

01.28.2019 at 6:10 PM #

katiemorford

Thank you for sharing your story. I would imagine it is tricky indeed to work around a chile allergy in NM. So glad your teen liked it too!
Katie

01.28.2019 at 7:28 PM #

Rebecca

I have tried multiple times to cook dried beans and always failed miserably, but THIS recipe was an absolute success! They were so soft and yummy! Thank you for posting! I’ll never shy away from cooking dried beans again!

02.17.2019 at 9:01 AM #

Laurie Meisenheimer

Crockpot beans-It was so good to see this in print! I have been doing something similar for the last year, and we all love it. I usually put the beans in overnight and we like to start out with beans and eggs for breakfast. It sounded weird to me the first time, but it is a great way to start the day. We have not found ourselves to be gassy, either!! I got the idea fro not soaking from a friend who has always kept a pot of beans in the fridge ( or stove)for hungry kids ( hers and the friends) Like I said, so happy to see it in print. It takes the guesswork out. It is the best , easiest, cheapest tastiest heathy staple ever.

02.17.2019 at 9:01 AM #

katiemorford

Beans and eggs sounds like a perfect breakfast! Thanks for chiming in.

02.18.2019 at 9:47 PM #

Art suchil from southern California

First timer lol have so much pinto in my drawer thought
I look for a simple recipe thank you for this let you know how I did
Wish me luck! !!!

02.24.2019 at 1:37 AM #

Ian

Be careful. Cooking raw, unsoaked and unrinsed beans in slow cookers can sometimes be surprisingly dangerous, due to a toxin that beans have in them. Especially red beans. Just a friendly reminder to people. I just learned this myself, and thankfully not the hard way. I advise to read more about it because I didn’t explain much.

02.24.2019 at 1:37 AM #

katiemorford

Agreed, Ian. Great point. I actually have a whole guide on slow cooking beans (the link is towards the bottom of the Pinto Beans post) that talks about potential hazards of slow cooking kidney beans. Thanks for the comment.

02.25.2019 at 9:40 AM #

Verna Lowell

Thanks! For sharing your pinto bean recipe. They were a nice change from my old molasses beans. We had gfcorn bread and coleslaw. My husband had a second helping, but I guess, I still have to watch how much I eat , since Bean causes gas for me. Any tips on decreasing the gas effect after eat them? Also, I forgot to soak them overnite,so I boiled them for a hour in the a.m. This is the first time I cook beans in a crockpot and I noticed there was alot of liquid left after they where cooked. Was all the water suppose to be absorbed?? Great tasty beans!

02.25.2019 at 9:40 AM #

katiemorford

Hi Verna,

All great questions. You could try taking something called Beano. It’s drops or tablets that is an enzyme to help break down the gas-causing element in beans. As for the liquid, that is to be expected. I sometimes drain a little bit of it off, but I do like to store the beans in some liquid, since it helps maintain their texture. Katie

05.02.2019 at 4:34 AM #

Roxie

Simple, delicious, no-fail recipe. It’s become the only way I make pinto beans.

07.01.2019 at 12:45 PM #

Aliza Luv Binford

Good easy recipe for beans!!!! Yummmmm!

07.13.2019 at 8:49 AM #

Starr

I am going to try this right now!

07.13.2019 at 8:49 AM #

katiemorford

Awesome. Hope you like it.

08.23.2019 at 11:10 AM #

teachermrw

I am the daughter of a Southern mother, and she always cooked her pinto beans with ham hocks or salt pork, and, did the cooking on the stove top. I, however, wanted to see if I could find a recipe for a tasty non-pork/meatless version using the slow cooker. I’m not gonna lie: I wasn’t sure how tasty these pinto beans would be without the meat. To my pleasant surprise, these beans are tasty! And, I am planning on using some of the pinto beans I cooked for your tostada recipe. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe! I will definitely be making these again.

08.23.2019 at 11:10 AM #

katiemorford

Awesome! That is a real endorsement. Thanks for sharing.

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