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slow cooker pinto beans and ham recipe

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Ham

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  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: slow cooker


Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Ham makes for a delicious, comforting, and hearty meal. The slow cooker makes it so easy as you simply throw all the ingredients into the pot and let it simmer all day.


  • 1 pound dry pinto beans
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water (you’ll want to use enough water to cover the beans by about an inch.
  • 3 tablespoons Pinto Bean seasoning (or 2 teaspoons chili powder, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder,1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 tsp salt)
  • 1 large onion (I used yellow; white is fine too.)
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 pound thickly sliced ham (OR ham bone/ ham hock with or without meat scraps still on it)
  • salt and pepper to taste 


  1. Optional step. But highly recommended: Soak beans in a large bowl of water for at least 8 hours and up to 12 hours at room temperature. Transfer soaked beans to a colander and rinse them well. Discard soaking liquid. You can also use a quick soak method (usually found on the back of the bean package but I prefer an overnight soak.
  2. If using a ham hock or ham bone, place it at the bottom of the slow cooker, and add soaked beans over the ham hock/bone. (If using leftover sliced ham, just mix it in at the end with the water.)
  3. Coursely slice onion and green bell pepper and add to the slow cooker. Add spices.
  4. The chicken broth and enough water in the pot to cover the beans by one inch. Stir everything together. (you can use all water – I just like the extra flavor from the broth.)
  5. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours. Stir a couple of times during cooking, and add more water if necessary. (If you like a firmer bean, start checking for doneness at the 7-hour mark. (If you like a softer bean, you can continue cooking until the desired texture is reached.)
  6. Taste, and add salt and pepper as needed. Depending on how salty your ham was or the salt level of the spices, you may not need any.
  7. Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 437
  • Fat: 8
  • Carbohydrates: 51
  • Fiber: 13
  • Protein: 32