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Crockpot Pinto Beans Two Ways

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Crockpot pinto beans is an easy and healthy way to cook pinto beans in the crockpot. Leave beans whole or make refried beans with two ways to make these crockpot beans.

whole cooked pinto beans in a white bowl

There are several different techniques to cooking dried beans, including soaking them overnight.

Cooking the beans in the crockpot eliminates the extra step of having to soak them overnight, which makes them nearly maintenance free to cook this way.

What are pinto beans?

They are a small dried legume. Pinto beans are called frijol pinto in Spanish, which translates to “speckled beans.” Beans are also popular in Mexican-style dishes and are a great substitute for meat.

A nutrient-dense legume, the pinto bean contains many essential nutrients. It is a good source of protein, phosphorus and manganese, and very high in dietary fiber and folate.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Slow cooker does most of the work
  • No need to presoak the beans
  • Perfect for meatless meals
refried pinto beans in a white bowl with cheese and a tortilla

Ingredients

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Dry pinto beans 
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt and pepper

How to make this recipe

1 – Place the beans, water, salt, and black pepper into the crockpot and stir.

2 – Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours, until the beans are tender but not falling apart.

3 – When the beans are done cooking, use a slotted spoon to remove beans from crockpot.

4 – Add the garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper, to taste. Stir gently.

If making refried beans, take the amount of beans you want to mash and place in a large bowl. As you mash the beans with a fork or potato masher, add a little of the water from the crockpot to the beans, adding water slowly to get the consistency you like.

They are seasoned without any added fats for healthier refried beans. 

refried pinto beans in a white bowl with cheese and a tortilla

How do I store cooked pinto beans?

Place the cooled beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Please Note

Different slow cookers may cook at different rates, so be sure to keep on eye on your food so it doesn’t burn.

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Calories per serving (1/2 cup): 99

Yield: 12 Servings

Crockpot Pinto Beans Two Ways

whole cooked pinto beans in a white bowl

This is an easy and healthy way to cook pinto beans in the crockpot. Leave beans whole or make refried beans with two ways to make these crockpot beans.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dry pinto beans
  • 7 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the beans, water, salt, and black pepper into the slow cooker and stir. 
  2. Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours, until the beans are tender but not falling apart.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to remove beans from crockpot. Then add the garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir gently.
  4. If making refried beans, take the amount of beans you want to mash and place in a large bowl. As you mash the beans with a fork or potato masher, add a little of the water from the crockpot to the beans, adding water slowly to get the consistency you like.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Saturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 450mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 5gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Mimi

Wednesday 29th of May 2019

It is officially time to shine - we are having a beans party-competition coming up, and with this recipe I have no doubts I am going to win!

simplylowcal

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Yay! I hope you won. ;)

April

Wednesday 29th of May 2019

I love experimenting with beans. There are so many different things you can do with them. Can't wait to try your vision!

simplylowcal

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy them.

Maman de sara

Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Your recipe is very easy and healthy. I can’t wait to try it!

simplylowcal

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Thank you. I hope you enjoy!

Renu

Monday 27th of May 2019

Love this Low fat version of pinto beans and that too in a crock pot . A wonderful and a hassle free meal idea.

simplylowcal

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Thanks! I love how simple they are to make.

katie

Sunday 26th of May 2019

I never thought about making a big batch of beans in my slow cooker, what a great idea!

Katie xoxo

simplylowcal

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Thanks! It really is a simple way to make them.

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