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Pinto Beans & Ham Recipe Secret Ingredient Revealed Cooking With Slow Cooker - Crock-Pot

Updated on December 10, 2018
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Brigitte Thompson has been a realtor in Austin, TX, since 2007. Enjoys cooking and writing blogs about Texas.

Pinto Beans & Ham
Pinto Beans & Ham

Secret Pinto Bean Recipe

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2 cups dry pinto beans1/4 cup Lentil beans 1 tsp Salt or Sea Salt1 tsp black pepper or coarseHam Bone
2 cups dry pinto beans
2 cups dry pinto beans
1/4 cup Lentil beans
1/4 cup Lentil beans
1 tsp Salt or Sea Salt
1 tsp Salt or Sea Salt
1 tsp black pepper or coarse
1 tsp black pepper or coarse
Ham Bone
Ham Bone

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Preparing the Pinto Beans

Prep time: 12 hours
Cook time: 5 hours
Ready in: 17 hours
Yields: Serves six people 1 cup of Pinto Beans

Pinto Beans & Ham Crock-Pot Ingredients

  • 8 cups Water
  • 2 cups Dry Pinto Beans
  • 1/4 cup Dry Lentil Beans
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Burger Spice
  • 2 Tbs Carne Guisada
  • 1/2 tsp Peppercorn & Garlic
  • 1 Ham Bone

Here is my secret ingredient for pinto beans

Crock-Pot - Preparation of Pinto Beans

  1. Day 1 - Wash Pinto and Lentil Beans - Place beans in a bowl, add water and soak overnight. Make sure the beans are completely submerged.
  2. Day 2 - Rinse and drain beans and add to slow cooker (crock-pot) add 8 cups of water. Do not add spices at this time.
  3. Set slow cooker (crock-pot) on high. Cover and cook beans for 5 hours or until beans are soft.
  4. Once the beans are done (beans are soft). Add the following ingredients: Salt, pepper, burger spice, Carne guisada, peppercorn & garlic spice.
  5. Add the Ham Bone. I usually save the ham bone from our Thanksgiving dinner to use in my pinto bean recipe.
  6. Cover the slow cooker (crock-pot) and cook the beans and ham bone for another 30 minutes to an hour on medium setting. Or until the meat from the ham bone falls off the bone. This allows all the ingredients to blend.
  7. Remove ham bone and discard.
  8. Serve -- Serve over rice, or with cornbread as a side dish.

Crock-Pot Pinto Beans & Ham-secret ingredient carne guisada

This is one of my favorite recipes and the secret ingredient is the Carne Guisada. I usually ad a little more Carne guisada to my pinto beans, you can experiment and add as little or more to your tastes.

Every time we serve ham as the main dish. We slice off the leftovers and use the ham for ham sandwiches, soup or salads.

But what do you do with the ham bone?

I freeze the ham bone to use for soups or for my pinto beans. --Don’t feed your dog cooked bones--The cooking process makes bones more brittle, increasing the likelihood they might splinter and cause internal injury to your dog.


Serving suggestions for Crock Pot Pinto Beans

Here are some of my favorite serving suggestions: Pinto Beans & Ham


  • Serve as a side dish with cornbread
  • Serve pinto beans over rice
  • Add some pinto beans to a breakfast taco
  • Create a pinto bean tortilla soup
  • Create a pinto bean Taco Salad –lettuce, tortilla chips, pinto beans, top with sour cream and shredded cheese


I hope you enjoy my pinto bean recipe and I would love to hear your comments or suggestions.

© 2016 Brigitte Thompson

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Another slow cooker recipe for my bookmark list, thanks

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