Slow-Cooked Pinto Beans and Ham Recipe

Slow-Cooked Pinto Beans and Ham Recipe

How To Make Simple Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Ham

Think of the classic pork and beans dish but this time we are using slow-cooked pinto beans and ham which is the right mix of sweetness and earthy flavor.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 8 hours 5 minutes
Total: 8 hours 15 minutes



  • 14cupswaterdivided
  • 2cupsdried pinto beans
  • 1ham bone with meat
  • 1largered onionchopped
  • 2tspgarlicminced
  • 1tspham basesuch as Better than Bouillon®
  • 1dashhot pepper saucesuch as Tabasco®, to taste
  • 1pinchsalt and ground black pepperto taste


  1. Bring 8 cups water and pinto beans to a boil in a large pot. Remove pot from heat, cover, and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse before using.

  2. Transfer pinto beans to a slow cooker. Add ham bone, red onion, minced garlic, and ham base. Pour in remaining 6 cups of water, or enough to cover the beans.

  3. Cool on Low until beans are tender, about 8 hours.

  4. Remove the ham bone, shred meat, and add back to the beans. Discard the bone. Serve hot, seasoned with hot sauce, salt, and pepper.


  • Calories: 277.31kcal
  • Fat: 6.25g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.94g
  • Trans Fat: 0.04g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.56g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.98g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.43g
  • Fiber: 7.82g
  • Sugar: 1.86g
  • Protein: 22.92g
  • Cholesterol: 34.89mg
  • Sodium: 511.81mg
  • Calcium: 76.08mg
  • Potassium: 896.50mg
  • Iron: 3.03mg
  • Vitamin A: 1.14µg
  • Vitamin C: 4.70mg
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