Easy Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

dawn Tesam


I love beans but I never remembered to overnight soak them. Then a friend of mine told me how she just crock pots there's no soaking required! Now I cook beans once a week and freeze the extras. I also save the bones from ham or I save pieces of bacon to cook them in the beans.
We always have lots of these on hand. When you serve it over rice it becomes a complete protein so it's delicious vegetarian style too without the optional meat flavoring.


★★★★★ 2 votes

5 Min
6 Hr


  • 1 lb
    dried pinto beans
  • 3 qt
  • 1
    hambone, if desired
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • Optional
    bacon, cooked and chopped up
  • Optional
    1lb chopped up smoked sausage
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    creole seasoning (tony chacheres)

How to Make Easy Slow Cooker Pinto Beans


  1. Place all ingredients In a crock pot. Do not soak your beans, there is no need.
  2. Place cooker on high for 6 hours, stirring at the three hour mark.
  3. Enjoy over rice or in tortillas. It makes a soupy broth that when cooled becomes nice and thick. If you don't have a ham bone don't worry you can substitute ham hock, sausage or bacon. They are all delicious.
  4. One more quick note, if your dried beans are very old, like food storage beans that are over four years old, you may need to soak them a few hours and add a little more water and a dash of meat tenderizer to help them absorb better. But I have cooked ten year old beans like this and they were delicious.

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