I love pinto beans, but I always feel the flavor can easily turn too bland. I added a little this and a little that and came out with this amazing but easy slow-cooker pinto beans recipe. —Erica Vanderpool, Clarksville, Tennessee
Slow-Cooker Pinto Beans Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Sort beans and rinse in cold water. Add beans to a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Add the next 10 ingredients; stir.
Cook, covered, on high 2 hours. Reduce heat to low; cook until beans are tender, 6-7 hours. Serve with slotted spoon. If desired, top with fresh thyme sprigs.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled beans in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth or water if necessary.
Slow-Cooker Pinto Beans Tips
Do you need to soak pinto beans before putting them in the slow cooker?
Using the low-and-slow method, you don't have to soak your beans for this recipe. They'll soften plenty while cooking. Just give them a quick rinse before throwing them in the slow cooker and you're good to go!
What other kinds of beans can you use instead of pinto beans?