These flavorful, quick, and simple crock pot pinto beans pair with any meal and require no soaking at all! Nothing beats adding 7 simple ingredients to a slow cooker and letting it do all the work for you!
Beans are a side dish or even a main dish that I think should be a household staple, but they can be difficult to make over a stovetop. Either they come out too mushy or too hard. This is where I think the crock pot can shine by cooking them at a lower heat but for more time.
I’ve made beans in my Instant Pot – Instant Pot black beans and Instant Pot pinto beans. However, sometimes I really don’t feel like sauteeing anything, don’t have those extra minutes, or I just want a quicker way. So, I decided this was a job for my crock pot!
No Soaking Required!
The best feature about a crock pot or slow cooker is that it cooks things gently over a low and steady heat, so there is no need to soak the beans!
Ingredients You Need
- Pinto beans: Dried pinto beans add a fresh taste and texture.
- Broth: Either chicken or vegetable broth adds a savory flavor. Water works well, but just make sure to season.
- Jalapeño: I like a small amount of heat in my beans. This is totally optional and can be removed.
- Bay leaf: Adds a subtle but delicious flavor to the beans.
- Onion and garlic: Adding in your aromatics gives these beans and broth a great flavor!
How to Make Crock Pot Pinto Beans
- Make sure to rinse and clean the beans thoroughly by discarding any that are not whole.
- Get the crock pot and add the beans, onion, jalapeño, garlic, bay leaves, and broth.
- Gently stir all the ingredients, cover, and cook on low for 8 hours (or on high for 5 to 6 hours) until the beans are tender.
- Once done, remove and discard the bay leaves. Stir in salt to taste and add more as needed. Serve and enjoy!
Ways To Use Cooked Pinto Beans
- Slow cooker. This programmable slow cooker with a locking lid is the best!
- Measuring cups. These glass measuring cups are freezer, microwave, and dishwasher-safe!
- Garlic press. The easiest way to crush and mince fresh garlic.
Storing and Freezing
Cooked beans can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
To freeze, let them cool completely and then place them in an airtight freezer bag or container. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.