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soooo southern magic beans

★★★★★ 15
a recipe by
Lori Harbin-Combs
Roseburg, OR

I have been perfecting my beans for many years. Many people have told me that they are the very best they ever had! Also, the nasty gas is gone "like magic." If you love deep-down finished flavored beans, these are for you. Add some hot buttered cornbread and wait for the yums from everyone.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Who knew a Crock Pot could turn out pinto beans this well-cooked and flavorful! We used ham hocks and this gave the broth and beans a rich flavor. The pinto beans are slow-cooked to tender perfection. The spices are spot-on and we loved the slight flavor cumin adds. Serve with a big slab of cornbread and you have a traditional Southern meal.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 15
serves 6 or 8
prep time 20 Min
cook time 12 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For soooo southern magic beans

  • 1 lb
    dried pinto beans
  • 2
    ham hocks or 1 meaty ham bone
  • 2/3 c
    fresh cilantro
  • 1
    onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    chopped garlic
  • 2 Tbsp
    Knorr tomato bouillon with chicken flavor
  • 1 tsp
    rubbed sage
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp
    oregano, dried Mexican
  • 1 1/4 tsp
    ground ginger (secret for no gas)
  • 1 tsp
    dry mustard (secret for no gas)
  • 4
    bay leaves, dried

How To Make soooo southern magic beans

Test Kitchen Tips
At the end of the recipe, Lori says to add seasoning to your taste. We did add a little extra salt and pepper.
  • Picking through and cleaning the beans.
    Pick through and rinse beans well.
  • Beans placed in a slow cooker.
    Place beans in the Crock Pot.
  • Beans covered with water.
    Add water until beans are covered by 5 inches.
  • Remaining ingredients added to a slow cooker.
    Add all ingredients and turn Crock Pot on high for two hours.
  • Beans set to cook in the slow cooker.
    Turn the Crock Pot to low and go to bed! A total cooking time of 12 hrs. Two hours on high and ten hours on low.
  • Soooo Southern Magic Beans in a bowl after they've cooked overnight.
    In the morning, check for liquid, spices, and doneness.... adjust spices and add water or tomato sauce, if needed.
  • 7
    If you love heat, add chopped peppers at the beginning.