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How To Cook Pinto Beans In A Slow Cooker

  • Author: Bobby


  • 1 or 2 lbs of pinto beans
  • 1 lb of any kind of smoked meat
  • Bell peppers, chopped
  • Onions, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Sugar, to taste (optional)
  • Water
  • Seasoned cooking oil (optional)


  1. Pour your beans into a large bowl and filter or pick through the beans for any discolored beans or stones in them. When you’re done filtering it, wash the beans with clean water a couple of times or until the water becomes clear and the starch is lesser. Wash in a sieve over the sink or a bowl, and change the water every once in a while.
  2. Add the beans into the slow cooker. Next, add in your smoked meat and vegetables, and fill the slow cooker to the brim with water. Cover the lid of the slow cooker and cook on low for 10 hours; ensure you check on the beans every 2 to 3 hours to check if the water has dried up, if it’s cooking right, etc. If the water isn’t enough and you need to add more, ensure it’s the hot water you use.
  3. After the beans are ready, add the amount of salt that you think is suitable for your taste. Don’t worry about the flavoring too much, though; the meat and vegetables are sure to give a hand in that aspect, too.
  4. You can also season with sugar if you like, about 2 or 3 tablespoons of sugar. You can also add a few drops of seasoned cooking oil to the beans. Your delicious slow cooker pinto beans are ready to be eaten. Enjoy!

You can serve it with some rice, potatoes or cornbread. Your family is sure to love this simple and easy recipe dish. Not only are pinto beans so tasty, but they’re also very nutritious and sweet-smelling. Keep in mind that you can store it in the refrigerator for at least 3 days in an airtight container. To heat the beans, reheat them in the oven for 30 minutes or more.

If you’re interested in more tips and guidance on how to harness your skills at cooking pinto beans in a slow cooker, please feel free to check out this video recipe.