James (papa Cagle - my dear husband) has this delicious Crock Pot Pinto Beans Recipe, that he is famous for. Whenever we visit friends out of town, they are always asking him 'how to cook pinto beans in a crock pot'! They're deliciously creamy and full of meat, a true hearty meal!
Next time try my Instant Pot White Beans recipe, another truly hearty dish that is best cooked in the instant pot.
The first time I tried this Pinto Beans Recipe I was amazed, because it is one of his great ideas that he threw together one time on a trip to the deer camp. Ever since then he's refined it into this delicious pot of creamy, meaty yumminess. There's so much flavor from a combination of the beans, smoked sausage and cooking for a long time.
This recipe will also work well in a pressure cooker, obviously a big reduction on cooking time.
- Dry Pinto Beans - rinsed, sorted and soaked in a large bowl with cold water.
- Smoked Sausage - we like to use Hillshire smoked sausage.
- Andouille Sausage - a traditional smoked sausage that is full of spices.
- Cooked Ground Meat - we use venison usually, but ground beef is great too.
- Large Sweet Onion - Vidalia onions are my favorite.
- Large Green Bell Pepper
- Celery Stalks
- Garlic Cloves
- Chicken Broth - if you have homemade that works amazingly but store bought is fine otherwise.
- Bay Leaves
- Creole Seasoning - I make my own, see the link.
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Thyme, dried
- Salt and pepper to taste
See recipe card for quantities.
Step 1: Brown your ground meat.
Step 2: Place beans and all other ingredients to the slow cooker and turn on! That is all that's needed for this recipe.
Hint: Toward the end of the cooking time use a potato masher and mash a few of the beans - it will add creaminess.
🔄 Substitutions and Variations
- Canned Beans - if you are short on time and want a similar recipe but using canned beans instead of dried beans you can do so. The sausage will definitely need to be caramelized though, as will the vegetables and reduce the cooking time by a lot.
- Onions - It's not a deal breaker to use yellow onions instead, it won't affect the recipe.
- Vegetarian - You can leave the meat out altogether, if you like. You will have to add some more spices - and use vegetable broth instead.
- Ham Hocks (ham bone) - if you have some those can be added in place of the smoked sausage - they add great flavor.
- Spicy - add some heat to your crock pot beans with some chili powder, or even green chile maybe.
- Stove Top - This recipe works fine as a stove top recipe too. Follow the same instructions just reduce the amount of time needed.
I use a 7quart crock pot for this recipe. I have a link to my favorite type in the recipe card below.
After the crock pot pinto beans have cooled completely, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
This recipe holds up well to freezing, store in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Expert Tip: I like to cut the sausages up a little differently so as to be able to distinguish between the two. This way I don't give the kiddos too much heat on their plate. Cutting it up a little smaller helps this too. Everybody loves the regular smoked sausage though.
This is the type of recipe that tastes even better the next day! Cook a day ahead and just heat up when you're ready to eat.
Short answer, yes. Pinto beans are full of nutrition that is good for dogs... the longer answer includes the subject of seasoning. Many seasoning is not good for a dog's digestion.
Yes, this recipe freezes very well for 3 months.
Pinto beans fall into the 'common bean' category, which originated in Peru. The native indian tribes migrated taking these beans with them.
No, unfortunately not. They have 29.4g of carbs in one cup of cooked pintos.
Black beans tend to be more dense and hearty where my crock pot Pinto Beans will be creamier and almost have a nutty flavor.
This is a Mexican dish that uses up the leftover cooked pinto beans - with all the extra things in these beans though I'm not sure you could do that here.
Beans have a substance called Phytic Acid which is undigestible for humans. By soaking the beans first it eliminates a lot of this acid. It helps the beans cook quicker too.
If you’ve tried these crock pot pinto beans, or any other recipe on my site, let me know in the comment section below, how it turned out, we love hearing from our readers!
- 1lb Dry Pinto Beans
- 1 Link Smoked Sausage
- 1 Link Andouille Sausage
- 1lb Ground Meat
- 1 Large Sweet Onion
- 1 Large Green Bell Pepper
- 1 Large Stalk Celery
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- 3 Bay Leaves
- 1 Tbsp. Creole Seasoning
- 1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
- 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
- 2 Tsp. Thyme, dried
- 5 Cups Chicken Broth
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Soak Pinto Beans in a few cups of water overnight in water, they should double in size and be tender beans.
- Brown ground meat in a skillet, drain and add to crock pot
- Chop all vegetables, add to crock pot
- Add remaining ingredients, including chicken broth.
- Stir until mixed well.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hour.
- Serve over rice.
Toward the end stir frequently, this will ensure the beans get the good creamy texture.
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Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 281Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 40mgSodium 786mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 7gSugar 3gProtein 20g