How to Cook Pinto Beans in a Crock Pot

A Crock Pot, a brand name of slow cooker, lets you set a pot of beans on to cook in the morning and have dinner ready when you return from work that night with only a slight effort on your part. Making pinto beans in a Crock Pot saves you money over pre-cooked beans and it lets you control the amount of seasonings and salt you add to it. Cooking your pinto beans in a slow cooker requires the addition of three things to keep the starchy pintos from falling apart: sugar, acid and calcium. Adding molasses to your beans as they cook contributes all three of these.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups dried pinto beans
  • 2 qt. bowl with lid
  • 1 qt. water
  • Colander
  • Crock pot (or slow cooker)
  • 4 cup water or broth
  • 2 tbsp. dark molasses or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. granulated onion powder
  • Pepper and salt to taste

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Step 1

Put the dried pinto beans and 1 qt. of water into the bowl. Cover and let sit overnight to soak.

Step 2

Drain the pinto beans in the colander and discard the soaking liquid to reduce gas from the beans.

Step 3

Fill the Crock Pot with the drained pinto beans, 4 cup of broth or water, 2 tbsp. of molasses and 1 tsp. of onion powder.

Step 4

Cover and cook the beans over low heat for 10 to 12 hours or until tender. Reduce cooking time by cooking for four to six hours on high heat.

Step 5

Remove the cooked pinto beans from the pot and use in any recipe requiring pinto beans or serve with salt and pepper to taste.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid adding salt to the soaking or cooking liquid as it makes the beans tough.


  • "Good Eats: The Early Years"; Alton Brown; 2009
  • "The Science of Good Food"; David Joachim and Andrew Schloss; 2008
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