Crock Pot Pinto Beans make the best side dish or vegetarian dinner. We love them as a side for our Chicken Tacos or as the filling in our Baked Burritos. This is a simple recipe that you are sure to fall back on over and over.
My family is pretty obsessed with taco night. It happens several times a month in my house. But with one kiddo toying with vegetarianism, and all of my kids eating more as they get bigger, we are always looking for more dishes to add to the taco table.
These Crock Pot Pinto Beans fit the bill on all fronts. I love them as a simple vegetarian filling for tacos. But they are also amazing as a replacement for refried beans or the perfect easy side dish.
How to Cook Pinto Beans in a Crock Pot
This slow cooker pinto beans recipe couldn’t be easier or more delicious. Here is a brief overview of the simple steps to make your very own pinto beans in the crock pot. For complete measurements and instructions, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Prepare beans. Drain them and rinse them twice. See below for info on soaking them overnight.
- Add everything to the slow cooker. Combine all of your ingredients in a crock pot.
- Cook. Cook until beans are tender.
Soaking Pinto Beans
Do you have to soak beans before cooking them? While you can skip this step, it’s beneficial because it will cut down the cooking time compared to making dry pinto beans in your slow cooker. Soaking the beans also improves their texture, and since placing them in water in the fridge overnight is an easy feat, I think it is worth it.
How Long to Cook Pinto Beans in Crock Pot
The cooking time for pinto beans will depend on the setting you use. Either high or low cooking settings can be used with a successful outcome. Cook the beans on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
To soak your pinto beans prior to cooking, place them in a large bowl and cover them with water. Place in the refrigerator overnight (6-12 hours), then rinse and cook.
If you prefer to make this recipe using dry pinto beans, rinse them and cook them on high for 8 hours. Be mindful of the longer cooking time and possible more coarse texture.
This recipe is a very versatile dish and can be enjoyed in many ways. This vegan pinto bean recipe is also low carb, gluten-free, and can be served as a main dish, over rice (or cauliflower rice for a low-carb option), as a side, or in your favorite tacos.
Packed with protein and flavor, these slow cooker pinto beans can be served as is, whole in tacos, mashed to serve as a side, or as an ingredient in my Baked Burritos, Taco Pizza, or any recipe that calls for refried beans.
Storing and Reheating
Store your leftover beans in an airtight container for up to four days. Warm up over low heat or in the microwave until heated through. Pinto beans freeze very well and can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. See below for how to freeze beans.
Prepare the recipe fully and let it completely cool. Place beans in freezer bags and remove extra air. Freeze flat and thaw in the refrigerator when ready to enjoy. Reheat on the stovetop over low heat, adding a splash of water or broth to thin.
Crock Pot Pinto Beans
- 1 pound dry pinto beans soaked overnight
- 1 small yellow onion diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper diced
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- Drain the beans and rinse them two times.
- In a large slow cooker, combine all of the ingredients.
- Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours or until beans are tender.
- At the end of the cooking time, you can keep the beans whole and use them as a side dish, as a taco filling, or over rice. You can also mash them.