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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    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.
    These were fantastic. So full of flavor!
    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.
    We LOVE and miss you Paula the your recipes are the best hope to see you back soon.
    The best beans in the world. Thanks Paula...
    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.
    Great recipe. I will start making this dish every holiday for the family.
    This is the best bean recipe ever! I add two jalapenos, and entire package of bacon (cut in half) instead of the ham hock, 2-3 garlic cloves, and a little dash of liquid smoke. My family loves them.
    AWESOME and EASY Recipe! First time EVER making a pot of beans and let me say NO LEFTOVERS!
    I used a chunk of "salt pork" in place of the ham hock. My family loves this bean recipe. It is absolutely perfect. I like Paula Dean's spice blend. It is a useful combination of spices to use for many different types of dishes.
    This is a great recipe!! I've never made beans before. I reserved the cooking liquid from making carnitas in the crock pot and added two cups of water. I diced up a jalapeno, added 4 whole cloves of garlic. I added Paulas house blend to taste at the end.
    best beans i've ever made, Thanks Paula!!!!! 
    I make these all the time and they truly remind me of my childhood. I do soak the ham hocks/shanks for 24 hours and I actually chop up the onion and throw in with the shanks and water. I also quarter an onion and add to the beans when soaking overnight. I just use the onions with the shanks and discard the one's I soaked with the beans. Before I serve the beans, I take about a cup and smash with a fork and add them back to the mixture. It seems to make them a little thicker and so delicious. The house seasoning is a must and I add it toward the end, so I can taste to be sure I do not add too much salt since the water the hocks soaked in are very salty. If you are in the south and remember bean soup as a kid, this recipe is a must!!
    Delicious! They were done in 5 hours though on low in my crockpot. If I had cooked them longer they would have been overdone. I added a tomato which was slightly past it's prime. Boiled it til it was soft, then seeded and coarsely chopped it. I used Mexican oregano instead of Italian. Next time, I'm going to add a tad bit of jalapeno pepper I think. I made some cornbread to go with it. Big hit with the men in my house!
    Paula has yet to steer me wrong. I made 1 1/2 batches for a potluck, and the people literally would not stop raving about the beans! I didn't have time to do the overnight soak, so I did the quick soak by bringing the beans to a boil, letting them sit for an hour, draining, and then proceeding with the 5 hours of cooking. Obviously worked fine!
    sense the first time l saw Paula make these beans l have them made & in my freezer at all times l love them , l share with famile & friends they love them as well
    This was a great recipe. I was looking for a new way to cook beans since I am not a huge bean lover, but my family loves them. The chili powder and oregano gave it a slight chili-taste. I did have to cook them for about 8 hours. I mashed a few on the side of the pot to make a thicker gravy.
    This recipe was simple and delicious. I added garlic gloves to the recipe which added to the flavor. I put the beans in my slow cooker and let them cook overnight about 9 hours. When I woke up in the morning my whole entire house smelled yummy!! This is a perfect dish for the cold winter weather :
    I thought the recipe was excellent, I added a few cloves of garlic and a bay leaf. My boys loved them!
    I made this last night and cooked the beans in a slow cooker. The recipe called for cooking the beans in a slow cooker for 5 hours. After 5 hours the beans were still hard. So I checked them every hour up to 8 and they were still hard. After that I fell asleep and the beans burned after all the water evaporated. It was awful. Also I made the mistake of not reading the recipe carefully. Don't add the House seasoning mixture. You're only suppose to add in what you want per taste.
    Just the best Pinto Beans...EVER! Growing up in North Carolina, I know a little something about Southern Cooking and tasting the rest from 'round the world... we got the best. I used about 1/2 pound of bacon and let them cook on low for 12+ hours... They were like heaven when tasted
    This was easy, easy, easy. I woke up with my boyfriend to make his lunch at 4am and decided I wanted chili beans thought to look online and to my surprise I had all the ingredients in my kitchen. Well except the Hamhock but I did have a package of bacon which worked wonderfully. I threw everything to soak and started my crockpot at 1 o'clock and dinner was served at 6:30. I even went to my local restaurant (Marie Calendar's and bought some cornbread (its too darn hot in California to turn on an oven. So good I'm definately making them again only now doubling the batch we had four adults and it we could have eaten a bit more. Makes great leftovers.
    OMG! Tasty wasn't the word for it. Scrumptious is more like it. My son is a meat freak and I wanted to go meatless just one day out of the week. I came across this recipe and used the ham hocks with the beans, doing exactly what Ms. Dean said in her instructions.  
    Here in Kentucky, they don't soak overnight. They don't add spices like the "House Spice" or Chili Powder. They don't add a chopped onion. They just cook the pinto beans until they're almost tender, then put a ladle of lard in it and cook it down until it's thick. That's soup beans here. I would much rather have Paula Dean's pinto beans. People have to try this recipe if only once. They'll want to save the recipe for future dinners.
    I took punkin0809's advice and soaked the beans with an onion. I didn't want to use ham hock, I used thinly sliced (wafer slice) pork chops. I used 3. I wish I had used all 6. I waited to add salt until the very end, which it did need. However, I added the pepper and garlic powder from the start. I also added a dash of cayenne. Easy and delicious.
    Awesome!!! I loved it! I don't eat beef, and I don't really do much with ham in my house. So I exchanged the meat out with Bacon and let it cook all day with it, and as well added stewed tomatoes!
    AWESOME!! These were certainly a hit a our house! I plan on making this dish at least once a month. Very easy to prepare and very tasty! I served these with cornbread, fried cabbage and fried pork chops. Next time, I plan on having them with fried potatoes and meatloaf. Thanks Paula for such a tasty dish!
    My family loved daughter thought they tasted like Bojangles.
    when i was a little girl my great grandmother always had a big pot of pinto beans on the stove. for who ever wanted to stop by for a meal. she had 7 children 20+ grandchildren and to many great grandchildren to count. she made her beans with salt pork, onions and garlic. it was served along side homemade corn bread fallowed by a old fashioned molasses cookie. i cant wait to serve this new recipe to my family. thanks paula dean
    I am going to try the recipe today. I will let you all know!
    How much house seasoning is recommended for this receipt?
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