Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Feeding a large group of friends can be costly. And if you have a large family, meals costs shoot up even further. But by choosing smart dishes, you can find budget-friendly recipes that save on dollars but don’t scrimp on taste. My friend Amy James shared this recipe that she uses to feed her family of five for only a few dollars.

Leftovers are another perk of this dish. The next day you can easily fold the beans into a Southwestern-style omelet, fill a burrito with them or sprinkle them on top of a bed of leafy greens.

For more great budget-friendly recipes from Amy, check out her blog


First, rinse beans and then soak them all day in water. Next, place them in the slow cooker. Cut the large onion in half and add it. Toss in four peeled and diced garlic cloves. Add a few slices of ham or a ham bone if you have it. Cover with beef stock.

Cook on low all through the night and all through the next day. This recipe cooks on low for about 20 hours. Serve with tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, cheese and chips. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!


Time to prepare: 28 hours.

Serves 5.


  • Ray Welch says:

    Try adding a couple of shakes of ground comino and a can of Ro-Tel diced Chilis and Tomatoes for a really good pot of beans. A couple of drops of Liquid Smoke kicks it up a notch, too!

    November 24, 2013 03:28pm

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