This Crock Pot Pinto Beans recipe is the easiest way to make tender Southern-style pinto beans. A slow cooker makes it easy to cook dried beans. No soaking needed. Cook them with a piece of ham for a smoky flavor.
Open the bag of dried pinto beans and set the seasoning packet aside.
Rinse the pinto beans in a colander and pick out any discolored beans or debris. Drain.
Peel and slice one large or two small carrots.
Peel and dice one medium onion.
If using a ham bone just drop the bone into the crock pot. If using a piece of leftover ham cut the ham into pieces. If using bacon cut the slices of bacon into pieces. If using a ham hock just add the entire ham hock piece to the crock pot.
Place the rinsed dried pinto beans into an 8-quart slow cooker.
Add the ham, the diced onion, undrained stewed tomatoes, and sliced carrots.to the crock pot.
Add the ground pepper, salt, bay leaf, and the seasoning packet that came with the beans.
Pour the chicken broth or stock into the crock pot. Place the lid on the crock pot. Turn the crock pot onto high heat and set the timers for 8 hours if your crock pot has a timer.
Slow cook the beans on high for 8 hours or until the beans are tender. If cooking on low cook for 10 to 12 hours or until the pinto beans are tender.
Serve over cooked white rice.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
No soak bean recipe.
Use a ham bone, leftover diced ham or thick cut bacon.