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The Best Slow Cooker Pinto Beans Recipe

This slow cooker pinto beans recipe is one of those meals that is so cheap to make, why not have it every week?
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: American
Keyword: The Best Slow Cooker Pinto Beans Recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 625645kcal


  • 2 pound bag of pinto beans
  • 2 cups ham chopped
  • Water
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 T. cumin
  • 1 t. salt


  • Pour pinto beans into the bottom of your crock pot.
  • Sort and look for any that need to be thrown out.
  • Cover with water so that the water level is a few inches above the beans.
  • Chop onions and ham and throw in the crock.
  • Add cumin & salt.
  • Stir it all up.
  • Cook on high for 6-8 hours.
  • I prefer to do this one on high to be sure and get the beans soft enough since we're not presoaking them.  You may need to check it throughout the day and add more water.  If you plan to be gone a lot of the day, add more water than you think you need.  It's better to be more soupy than to run out of liquid in the pot while you're cooking it.

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

  • If you'd like to prepare this meal as a Freezer to Slow Cooker meal, all you need to do is chop your ham and onion, put it into a freezer bag with the cumin and salt.  Freeze.  On cooking day, follow the instructions above.


Calories: 625645kcal | Carbohydrates: 73830g | Protein: 29726g | Fat: 37126g | Saturated Fat: 2561g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 64877239mg | Potassium: 2995600mg | Fiber: 17524g | Sugar: 3754g | Vitamin A: 2116667IU | Vitamin C: 12844mg | Calcium: 1591845mg | Iron: 111158mg