Cooking pinto beans in a crock pot is a convenient and fuss-free method that allows the beans to simmer slowly, resulting in a delicious and comforting dish. In this article, I will guide you through a simple and satisfying recipe on how to cook pinto beans in a crock pot.

1. How To Cook Pinto Beans in Crock Pot


  • 2 cups dried pinto beans
  • 6 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • Optional: additional seasonings or herbs of your choice


Rinse and Sort the Pinto Beans

Start by rinsing the pinto beans under cold water to remove any dirt or impurities. Sort through the beans and discard any damaged or discolored ones.

Soak the Pinto Beans (Optional)

While soaking is not necessary for pinto beans, it can help reduce cooking time and improve their digestibility.

To soak the beans, transfer them to a large bowl and cover them with water. Let them soak for 6-8 hours or overnight. Alternatively, you can use the quick soak method (see tips below).

Prepare the Crock Pot

Place the diced onion and minced garlic in the crock pot. Then drain the soaked pinto beans (if applicable) and add them to the crock pot.

Add Liquid and Seasonings

Pour 6 cups of water or vegetable broth into the crock pot, ensuring that the beans are fully submerged. Add salt and any desired additional seasonings or herbs to enhance the flavor.

Cook the Pinto Beans

Cover the crock pot with the lid and set it to the low heat setting. Allow the pinto beans to cook for approximately 6-8 hours or until they are tender and cooked through.

Avoid lifting the lid during the cooking process to maintain consistent heat and prevent heat loss.

Adjust Seasoning and Serve

Once the pinto beans are cooked, carefully remove the lid and give them a gentle stir.
Taste the beans and adjust the seasoning if needed.

If the beans are too liquidy, you can continue cooking them uncovered for a short period to thicken the liquid.

Serve the cooked pinto beans as a side dish, or use them to prepare dishes like burritos, tacos, or soups.

By following the recipe outlined above, you can enjoy a comforting and wholesome dish with minimal effort. The crock pot method allows the pinto beans to simmer slowly, allowing their flavors to develop and creating a creamy texture. 

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