Slow Cooker Pinto Beans With Ham Bone – A Southern Favorite Recipe

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This Slow Cooker Pinto Beans with ham bone recipe is simple, hearty and delicious! This recipe with some homemade cornbread is certainly a southern favorite in our house.

During these long winter months, it’s not possible to run out of awesome slow cooker recipes. I was shocked at how much I really actually loved this Slow Cooker Pinto Bean recipe and can’t wait to share it with all of you.

It’s a great meal for families that is hearty and delicious, and also provides a warmth in your tummy that keeps you staying full longer throughout the night. There’s nothing worse than eating a meal and feeling hungry less than an hour later!

While it’s no secret that beans are a great source of protein, the basis of this recipe is truly crazy simple. If you’ve been racking your brain looking for a hearty meal that takes minimal effort, this Slow Cooker Pinto Beans is perfect! You’ll even have enough time left over to whip up a batch of cornbread or two!

pinto beans in crock pot

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans – Hearty & Delicious

Pinto beans are such a great addition to soups for that added boost of nutrition. Anytime I can sneak in a few more healthy bites for my family to enjoy, I’m 100% game to make that happen.

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What I really do love most about this dish is that it has an amazing and unique flavor that seems to only get better as it’s continued to be eaten. How is it possible for a soup to improve after each and every bite? That parts a mystery but you can bet that I’ll continue trying bowl after bowl to figure it out.

how long do you cook pinto beans in a crockpot?

Do the pinto beans need to be soaked overnight?

Yes. In order for the beans to be ready to be added into this Slow Cooker Pinto Bean recipe, the pinto beans do have to be soaked in water overnight. Once the beans have been soaked, you can discard the water and get started on the other steps of the recipe.

What other vegetables can you add to this slow cooker pinto beans recipe?

Honestly, that choice is up to you! While the recipe below is written as a suggestion, you hold the key to making the final decision. You can spice it up and add jalapenos or keep it mellow without. Whatever you and your taste buds want, you can make it happen.

How long do you cook the pinto beans in the slow cooker or crock-pot?

Make sure to soak the beans overnight. After you have drained the beans, add them to the crockpot with the ham bone, celery, seasoning, and water. Heat on high for 5 hours. My mom would say to cook them overnight on low but I find that the pinto beans are overcooked and mushy.

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This recipe is one recipe that you’ll actually crave! Perfect for a chilly day, or just when you have the hankering for a delicious and hearty meal!

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Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

This Slow Cooker Pinto Beans with Ham Bone recipe is a southern favorite! Pair with some homemade cornbread and you will have a hearty and delicious meal! 
Course Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword slow cooker pinto beans
Author Winona Rogers


  • 1 lb dry pinto beans
  • ham bone
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Place beans in slow cooker and fill with water. Soak beans overnight.
  • Drain beans and discard liquid.
  • Return beans to crock
  • Add ham bone, celery, onion, and spices.
  • Heat on high for 5 hours. Before serving, remove ham from bone and serve with cornbread. 

This Slow Cooker Pinto Beans with Ham Bone recipe is a southern favorite! Pair with some homemade cornbread and you will have a hearty and delicious meal!


About Winona Rogers

Winona Rogers is the author of Life Family & Fun a national blog focusing on parenting, easy recipes, Home & DIY, Lifestyle, Family Fun and Travel. Her site was nominated as the Top 10 Parenting Blogs in Atlanta, Top Disney Blog, Family Travel Expert and has been featured in media on 11Alive Atlanta & Company. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her family and cook. Winona and her husband have four children and five grandchildren living in Atlanta, Georgia.

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