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How to Make Great Beans in a Crockpot

Updated on August 3, 2012
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While it is quite simple to grab a can beans off a shelf at your local grocer, the extra time it takes to make beans from scratch is well worth it. The most important step is soaking the beans before cooking them. Otherwise the beans will be hard even after hours in a crockpot. The great thing about this recipe is that you can soak the beans over night, throw them in the crockpot before you head to work in the morning, and come home to the delicious smell of slow cooked beans.

Cook Time

Prep time: 8 hours
Cook time: 8 hours
Ready in: 16 hours
Yields: Approx. 2.5 cups or 20 oz.


  • 1 cup dried pinto beans
  • 1 chipotle pepper, Canned chipotle peppers can be found in the same area of your grocer as canned jalepenos.
  • a few pinches of salt


  1. After measuring out the allotted number of beans, sort through them and make sure there aren't any bad beans or foreign substances.
  2. The most important step is soaking the beans over night, or over another 6-8 hour time period. If you really want beans for dinner and forgot to start soaking them the night before, you can boil them for a couple minutes then soak them in room temperature water for two hours.
  3. Drain the water and put the beans into the crockpot. Fill the crock pot with water until about twice as much water as beans.
  4. Add the chipotle pepper and salt.
  5. If you set the crockpot on a higher setting, it will only take 2-3 hours to cook the beans. If you use a lower setting, it will take 6-8 hours. Every crockpot is a little different, so you might have to experiment to see what setting and amount of time works best for you.


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    • brenda12lynette profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Utah

      Thanks dwachira! It is really inexpensive. The chipotle peppers are cheap, too and add a lot of great flavor.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 

      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I like beans in a bread roll in the morning, i will surely try your method as i can see it can save me a lot. Those beans in your photos looks like the ones we call here "Mwitemania" beans in local language, never mind what that means. I like your photos, they are great. Voted up and Useful.


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