How To Cook Pinto Beans in a Crock Pot
How to Cook Pinto Beans in Your Crock Pot
It's that time of year again! There's nothing better on a cold, snowy (or, rainy) day than the smell of a pot of beans cooking! And, of course, eating them! Hot and filling, comfort food.
Of course, you should cook beans any time of the year because they are nutritious and have lots of fiber. It's a good idea to keep cooked beans on hand for quick use in many different recipes. Dried beans cooked at home, taste so much better than those bought in a can.
I love to put pinto beans in my crock pot in the morning and let them cook all day. Not only do they smell good, they help warm your house. Double benefits!
If you're working, you can put them in before leaving, and come home to hot beans for dinner.
Whether they're in your crock pot or on your stove, in my opinion, pinto beans are best when cooked for several hours or, even better, all day. You can apply this recipe to any type of dried bean.
I have pinto beans in my crock pot as I write this, and boy, they sure do smell good! And, an extra bonus is that the beans cooking are adding moisture to the air, and causing my kitchen to be warm and cozy!
Now, let me find a good book to read while my beans are cooking! :)
A Healthy Choice!
Pinto Beans are High in Fiber and Fat Free.
Start With a Great Crock Pot
Start off with a good crock pot! The crock pot shown below is awesome! Cuisinart is one of the best brands and this one has fantastic features! You will love cooking in a crock pot, especially in the winter. There are so many foods you can prepare ahead and leave to cook while you're at work. Imagine coming in the door after a hard day's work, and dinner is all ready to eat! Or, if you're at home during the day, you can enjoy the wonderful smells of whatever you are cooking!
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Directions for Cooking Pinto Beans in Your Crock Pot
What could be easier than putting beans in a crock pot and letting them cook all day? They'll be ready to eat when you get home from a hard day at work. Mmm, they make the house smell so good, too! Plus, you can use the left-over beans another day. You can print this recipe.
Prep Time: 30 minutes + soaking time
Total Time: 6 - 8 hours
Serves: 4 - 6
- 1 pound bag of Pinto Beans
- 6 - 8 cups Hot Water for cooking
- Ham and/or other seasonings - bacon, fatback, butter, margarine (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Salt (to taste)
- Pick through your beans and discard any small rocks or bad beans.
- Rinse beans well in cold water.
- Cover with water and let soak overnight or use quick soak method shown below.
- Rinse beans again after soaking period.
- Pour beans into crock pot and add 6 - 8 cups of hot water. Enough to cover plus about 1 inch above.
- Add any seasonings desired. (diced ham, butter, margarine, fatback)
- Turn crock pot to high, and cook all day. (at least 6 - 8 hours)
- Add salt during last hour of cooking (if possible)
- Serve and enjoy!
Step #1: Clean Your Pinto Beans
I use a one pound bag, but you can cook at least 2 pounds at one time in your crock pot (you'll need more water).
Sort and Rinse:
Dried pinto beans need to be sorted before cooking to remove any little rocks or bad beans not found with the factory cleaning equipment. They also need to be washed. I usually sort mine into a bowl, add some cold water and stir them around good. Then I pour that into a colander and rinse well again with my sink sprayer. I repeat this at least twice or more.
Step #2: Soak Beans
Overnight or Quick Soak
Rinse and sort 1lb. of pinto beans. Place in large pot. Add enough COLD water to cover beans by 2 inches. (About 8 cups) Let stand overnight or at least 6 to 8 hours. Drain soak water and rinse beans. Continue to Step #3.
Rinse and sort 1lb. of pinto beans. Place in large pot. Add about 8 cups of HOT water. Bring to a rapid boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain soak water and rinse. Continue to Step #3.
Note: I have found that soaking beans overnight, rather than a quick soak, will lessen the "gas" caused after eating the beans!
These Pinto Beans Have Been Quick Soaked in Hot Water and Are Ready to Cook All Day in My Crock Pot
Step #3: Cooking Directions for Crock Pot
Cook All Day
Place drained and rinsed pinto beans into a crock pot. Add about 6 - 8 cups of hot water to cover beans. Add seasonings (except salt) and a ham hock or diced ham. If you don't have any ham, just use 2 - 3 Tablespoons of butter or margarine. Set on High temperture and let cook 6 to 8 hours, or all day. Add about 1 teaspoon of salt (or to taste) about 1 hour or less before finished cooking.
Note: You may want to try this for the first time when you are going to be at home, to make sure the water doesn't get too low. You may need to start with more water or set the temperature on Medium. It will depend on your crock pot.
Alternative: Cooking Directions for Top of Stove
Place drained and rinsed pinto beans into a large pot. Add about 6 cups of hot water to cover beans (depending on the size of your pot). Add any seasonings desired (except salt), and your choice of ham hock, diced ham, butter, margarine or nothing. Bring to a boil. Lower temperature, cover pot, and simmer for at least 2 hours or until done. Best if simmered 4 hours or more! Add about 1 teaspoon of salt (or to taste) about 1 hour before finished cooking.
Do not add salt until the last hour of cooking or beans will not get tender.
Now My Crock Pot Pinto Beans are Ready to Eat!
Put These Toppings on Your Beans
People like different things on their pinto beans. My husband likes LOTS on diced onions on his and I like mine just plain. Pinto beans are good any way you fix them!
Green Tomato Relish
Let's Hear From You...
What do you like on your pinto beans?
Uses for Leftover Beans
1. Re-heat the next day
2. Freeze for later
3. Chili Beans
4. Re-fried Beans
5. Baked Beans
6. Use in Soup
Recipes Using Beans
Keep plenty of pinto beans on hand because they are high in fiber and protein, and have no fat. This makes them a very healthy food. You should eat more beans! Of course, you don't want them plain all of the time, and this cookbook will give you lots of ideas for making yummy meals.
This cookbook has recipes for all kinds of beans, including pintos. You can make lots of delicious dishes with this healthy food that is full of fiber and protein.
These directions are a little different than mine, but basically the same.
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