I grew up eating pinto beans and cornbread and there is nothing like it. A Southern comfort food at it’s finest. You will love this Crockpot Pinto Beans recipe! I have seen many recipes with all sorts of ingredients but with just a little meat grease, bacon or ham bone and salt is Southern pure and simple. Use a ham bone if you have one is the best way to cook it. I like to save the ham bone from our Easter and Christmas dinner to use in this recipe. Trust me on this one, you will be glad you did. Small pieces of ham fall off the bone and makes these beans delicious. If you don’t have a ham bone on hand you can substitute with some bacon grease and bacon.
Dry beans take time to cook but take very little effort on your part. Start by “looking” at your your beans by pouring a small amount of beans into your hand removing and discarding any defective, broken or discolored beans. Be sure to look for small pebbles too. Yes, seriously look for small pebbles. If you haven’t cooked with dry beans this is a must.
Now if you are like me and you LOVE your slow cooker then you will love this slow cooker version. Add beans to a large crockpot and cover with 2-3 inches of water. In the morning cover with 3-4 inches of water add bacon or ham bone to the large crock pot. Cover with 3-4 inches of water. Cook 6-8 hours on low until done. Salt to taste.
Once your are done you will be happy you cooked these crockpot pinto beans. Dry beans are a very economical and a great source of protein. There is nothing better than a big bowl of pinto beans and Sugar Cornbread. I like to serve my pinto beans with pickle relish, ketchup and chopped onion. My husband enjoys his with mayonnaise. Regardless of how you eat them, we call them delicious.
Crockpot Pinto BeansPrint Recipe
- 1 Crockpot
- 1/2 pound dried pinto beans (northern)
- 3 slices bacon or 1 ham bone
- 1 stick salted butter
- salt to taste
- “Look” your beans by pouring a small amount of beans into your hand removing and discarding any defective, broken or discolored beans. Be sure to look for small pebbles too.
- Rinse beans in a colander.
- Put into a crockpot and cover with 3-4 inches of water. Put one stick of butter in the crockpot.
- If desired add bacon or ham bone to the crock pot. Cover with 3-4 inches of water. Cook on low for 11 hours. Salt to taste.
- My MIL swears that if you put a peeled potato in the beans that it removes the gas. She says don't allow the potato to over cook so check on it and remove before it does and NEVER eat it. We always do this and it works for us!
- Serve with cornbread.
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