Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans


I’ve been on a cooked beans kick lately.  Slow Cooker Pinto Beans to be exact.  I love other beans, too, but I bought a 25-pound bag of pinto beans at the grocery store several weeks ago and so I’ve been cooking some up every week since then.

In the past I’ve always added garlic to my beans but I found this particular recipe at Mom’s Kitchen Handbook and loved it, so it’s how I’ve been cooking them lately.  I really love the flavor of just salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, which gives it just a hint of spice.

We particularly love ours served over this Mexican Rice and topped with cheese.  We love them on tacos, too.

We’ve also made refried beans with them.  Just put the beans with some of the liquid in a food processor and process to your desired texture.  Then refrigerate or divide up into freezer bags and freeze them until you’re ready for a bag or two.

This recipe is so easy to make and the results are so delicious and versatile, and right now I could eat them three meals a day.

What to serve with these beans:

Mexican Rice – Restaurant Style
An easy Artisan bread – Asiago Cheese Bread
A really great dinner roll like these French Bread Rolls

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Yield: about 6 servings

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans


  • 1 pound (2-1/2 cups) dried pinto beans, rinse and picked over for tiny stones
  • 9-1/2 cups water (or 7-1/2 cups if you don't want a lot of broth)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Put the beans, water, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper into the slow cooker and stir to mix well.
  2. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low until the beans are tender but not falling apart (7-9 hours). The time will vary depending on the size and age of the beans.
  3. Once the beans are cooked, turn off the slow cooker. If you leave the beans in the slow cooker for a while they will continue to absorb some liquid as they cool, making them more tender and creamy.


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