Pinto beans are one of the very first things I ever learned to cook in the crockpot- my mother made them pretty regularly when I was a child. Generally she would make them on a Sunday and serve them with roast or a beefy dish.
Beans are very inexpensive, very filling and one batch is plentiful. They certainly fall into the easy recipes category.
There was a time in my life where I made beans in the crockpot every week- because that is all we could afford.
This recipe will make plenty and should give you some leftovers that you can freeze and use for a later recipe.
- 2 lbs dry pinto beans
- 3 oz salt pork
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 can Rotel
- 1 t Cumin
- pepper, just a couple of cracks to taste
- 2-3 cups steamed rice
- shredded cheese, optional for topping
- sour cream, optional for topping
In a large bowl, cover your beans in water and soak them over night. Soaking them at room temperature is perfectly fine.
The next morning dump the water and thoroughly rinse the beans. There will be a significant amount of dirt in the bottom of the bowl, it can be kind of yucky.
Pick out any bad beans and any rocks. Yes, I’ve found rocks.
Once rinsed and picked through, place them in the crockpot and cover in water. It is very important not to fill it up with water to the very top. Make sure your crockpot is only 3/4 of the way full, max.
I buy salt pork in a 12 oz package.
I open the package and chop it into four even sections.
I only use one of those sections in a 2 lb pot of beans.
Pop the other 9 oz in the freezer to use at a later time.
Place 3 oz of the salt pork in the crockpot.
Chop up a small onion.
I prefer purple onion in beans.
Toss them in the crockpot.
Toss in the chopped cilantro.
Less if you want, more if you want.
I love cilantro and I love the smell of it cooking.
Toss in a can of Rotel, undrained.
Measure out the cumin and toss it in.
Add a couple of cracks of fresh pepper too.
No salt is needed- that is the purpose of the salt pork.
Cook on high, yes high, for 10-12 hours.
Beans take a long time to cook and with your crockpot this full it will take even longer.
If you want, after 10-12 hours on high, move them to low and let them even cook longer over night. Not a must, but makes the flavors even more amazing.
Once the beans are done, remove the salt pork.
In a bowl, place about 1/4 of a cup of steamed rice.
Pour a couple of scoops of beans on top of the rice.
Top with cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, etc.
I like to stir it up a bit.
Add some grilled cooked chicken or some diced steak and you have a homemade Chipotle bowl.
Freeze any leftover beans for burritos, nachos, tostados or taco soup.