Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Total Time:
13 hr 10 min
10 min
8 hr
5 hr

10 to 12 servings

  • 1 pound dry pinto beans
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 pound ham hocks, or 1/4 pound streak o' lean
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • House Seasoning, recipe follows

Wash the beans and soak overnight in cold water. Drain the beans and dump into slow cooker. Stir in chili powder and oregano.

If using ham hock: Pre-soak ham in a separate pot, for at least 2, or refrigerated up to 24 hours, depending on how salty you want your stock to be. Add ham hock to slow cooker with beans and pour in ham soaking liquid. Add more water until ham hock is completely covered.

If using streak o' lean: Cut into cubes, brown in a skillet, and place the meat and any rendered fat in the slow cooker with beans. Pour 4 cups water into pot.

Add onion to slow cooker with beans and meat. Stir well. Season, to taste, with House Seasoning, cover the pot, and cook on high until beans are very tender, about 5 hours.

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt

1/4 cup black pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

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Love this recipe! I always soak my beans overnight. I followed directions but add a can of tomato sauce and rotel for spice. Put them in a bowl and let a piece of cheese melt over the top. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh so very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed directions to the T use crock pot daily and here i am at 5 1/2 hours and pintos are no where near edible. not cooked and very bland. This is sad because it was my turn to make church dinner. now im dinnerless. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. I added a rough chopped green and red bell pepper. I used a Dutch oven and cooked on a low simmer for a couple ours and then transferred to a 250 degree oven for the last three or so hours. I am making again today. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were fantastic. So full of flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Didn't like this at all. It lacked flavor. Sorry but I will not make this recipe again as it will require too much tweaking to make it suitable for my family's taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We LOVE and miss you Paula the your recipes are the best hope to see you back soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best beans in the world. Thanks Paula... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was sooo good. After reading reviews I did change some things. I put 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 tsp of salt and pepper. Left out the oregano because that doesn't even sound right for ham and beans. I also used a ham bone left over from Christmas dinner I kept frozen til now. Still had plenty of meat on it. It was a tad glazed so had an awesome flavor to it. I didn't use the house seasoning though. Kind of made my own with the salt and pepper and minced garlic. Otherwise I followed the recipe and cook times. I didn't have to add any water to it. I didn't soak the ham bone either. It was thick enough with a little liquid. Perfect. I know some people had issues with flavor. This was why I made my changes. Doesn't lack flavor at all! Best ham and beans I have ever had. I just used Paula's recipe as a base and followed my instincts. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. I will start making this dish every holiday for the family. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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