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How to Cook Dry Pinto Beans in Crockpot

How to cook pinto beans in Crockpot recipe is so easy you’ll never buy canned again after this! You may have enjoyed our Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans a while back but if you are into low and slow to get them super tender with your main protein, this one is for you!

Pinto Beans in Crockpot Recipe

If you want to make Crock pot pinto beans it is easier than you think. A lot healthier than a can that is loaded with lot of sodium and preservatives you don’t need. Instead grab a bag of dried beans, soak and then cook all day until dinner is ready. One of many easy Crockpot recipes we love (affiliate links present)

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

These two words mean the same thing really. If you have only used this pot to cook meat, this is going to be a real game changer. Using it to make sides is really great too. If you have more than one like we do you can do both at the same time and serve together at the end of the day. Make these plain, or this is how to cook ham hocks with it.

I love that because they add a ton of flavor and no other seasonings are really necessary if I add them. Plus near the end I can dice up the meat off the bones and make it a bit heartier overall. Once you get the hang of what to do you can do it with other varieties too like our Slow Cooker Black Beans.

How to Cook Dry Pinto Beans

How to Cook Dry Pinto Beans

You can use these to make pinto bean soup or enjoy as a side dish with feta cheese on top. Cooking dry pinto beans is a straightforward process that requires some prepping and simmering if cooked on the stovetop. Here’s a step-by-step guide;

  1. Put the beans in a colander and rinse them thoroughly under cold running water. Remove any debris, stones, or damaged beans.
  2. Soaking the beans before cooking helps reduce the cooking time and improves their texture. There are two common methods for soaking:
    • Overnight Soak pinto beans means you place the rinsed beans in a large bowl and cover them with water. Allow to soak overnight (at least 8 hours) at room temperature.
    • Quick Soak is great if you don’t have time for overnight, use this method. Place the rinsed beans in a pot, cover them with water, and bring to a boil.
      • Boil for 2 minutes, then remove the pot from the heat, cover, and let the beans soak for 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes.
  3. After soaking, drain and rinse them again under cold running water.
  4. Cooking
    • Stovetop Method: Place the soaked beans in a large pot and cover them with fresh water, about 2 inches above the beans. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
      • Partially cover the pot with a lid and let the beans cook for 1 to 1.5 hours or until they are tender. Add more water if needed during cooking to keep them submerged.
    • Cooking beans in a Crock pot is shared below.
    • Instant Pot Method is shared at the top of this post.
  5. Some cooks prefer to add salt during cooking, while others wait until the beans are fully cooked. Adding salt at the beginning may slightly extend the cooking time, but it can also enhance the flavor of the beans. If you choose to add salt, do so about halfway through the cooking process.
  6. Test for doneness by tasting a few. They should be tender but not mushy.

Once the beans are cooked to your desired tenderness, drain them to remove any excess water. Enjoy the rich, earthy flavor as is or in your favorite recipe like homemade refried beans.

Crockpot Pinto Beans Recipe

Crockpot Pinto Beans Recipe

These are the steps you use for basically any variety. Just as if you wanted to know how to cook garbanzo beans, it’s the same. You rinse beans to remove debris. Pour into a bowl covered in cool water + 2 inches above that. Soak on countertop overnight. Drain next day, rinse and pour into slow cooker.

  • In a pan on the stovetop saute olive oil, garlic and diced onions together until softened. Pour this on top of soaked beans.
    • Alternatively for very plain you can omit sauteing items and just add soaked beans, broth and some salt and pepper into the pot.
    • Or make into a rich side like our Crockpot Baked Beans Recipe with Dry Beans with a sauce
  • Pour everything else into pot and cover. Cook on low for 8 hours or until as tender as you’d like beans to be, or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Check one bean for readiness to determine if it is cooked. Beans should be soft but not mushy. Drain, season, serve.

Seasoning pinto beans can elevate the flavor of Beans and Cornbread and make them even more delicious. Here are some popular and tasty seasonings and spices to use.

  1. Start with a good amount of salt to enhance the natural flavors of the beans.
  2. Freshly ground black pepper adds a subtle kick to the beans.
  3. Garlic complements the earthy flavor of pinto beans. You can use either garlic powder or minced fresh garlic.
  4. Onion powder adds a hint of onion flavor without the texture of fresh onions. Alternatively, you can use chopped onions to provide more texture and aroma.
  5. Cumin is a staple in Mexican cuisine and adds a warm, nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with pinto beans.

Remember to taste the beans as you season and adjust the quantities to suit your preferences. You can also combine different seasonings to create your unique blend. When cooking pinto beans, the key is to strike a balance between the flavors you enjoy, so feel free to experiment and have fun with your seasonings!

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Recipe for Pinto Beans in the Crockpot

For a touch of heat, use chili powder or a blend of chili spices to make a spicy side dish y’all. Start slow as the heat for me seems to intensify it more. You can always add more later when they are done if you feel you want more hot.

  1. Sweet or smoked paprika can add depth and a slightly smoky flavor to the beans.
  2. Dried oregano complements the overall taste profile of pinto beans.
  3. A bay leaf adds a subtle herbal note to the beans. Remember to remove it before serving.
  4. Epazote is a traditional Mexican herb used to enhance the flavor of beans and reduce gas-causing properties.
  5. Add fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley at the end of cooking for a burst of freshness and color.
  6. A squeeze of lime juice can brighten the flavors of the beans.
  7. Adding cooked and chopped bacon or ham can add a rich and smoky flavor to the beans.

Cooking the beans in vegetable or chicken broth instead of plain water can enhance the overall taste. Jump to recipe or here are a few questions we’ve been asked so far;

Recipe for Pinto Beans in the Crockpot

How to Cook Dry Beans in a Crockpot

Can you soak beans in a crockpot?

You could!! If you don’t want to presoak them in a bowl you could just add them with water to cover + 2 inches above that in the slow cooker itself. You’ll still need to drain them a few times in a colander 12 hours or the next day before cooking dry beans in Crockpot.

Can you put unsoaked beans in slow cooker?

Yes, you can cook unsoaked beans in a slow cooker. Slow cookers are designed to cook foods at low temperatures over an extended period, which allows them to gradually soften and become tender over time. You’ll need to add a few hours in this case though.

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Pinto Beans in Crockpot Recipe

Easy pinto beans in Crockpot recipe with onions and garlic packed with flavor. Serve inside burritos or as a Mexican side dish for dinner.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword crockpot, pinto beans, slow cooker
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 6
Calories 174kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Instructions

  • Rinse beans to remove debris. Pour into a bowl covered in cool water + 2 inches above that. Soak on countertop overnight.
  • Drain next day, rinse and pour into slow cooker.
  • In a pan on the stovetop saute olive oil, garlic and diced onions together until softened. Pour this on top of soaked beans.
  • Pour everything else into pot and cover. Cook on low for 8 hours or until as tender as you'd like beans to be, or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Check one bean for readiness to determine if it is cooked. Beans should be soft but not mushy. Drain, season, serve.
  • ** Alternatively for very plain you can omit sauteing items and just add soaked beans, broth and some salt and pepper into the pot.

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Nutrition Facts
Pinto Beans in Crockpot Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 1381mg60%
Potassium 440mg13%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 974IU19%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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