How Long Cook Pinto Beans in Crock Pot


Cooking pinto beans in the crock pot is super easy, and it’ll make your kitchen smell like heaven. You can use any type of bean or legume in this recipe, but cooking times will vary based on the type (and size) of legume you use.

Soak beans overnight in water.

It’s best to soak your beans overnight in water, but you can skip this step if you’re in a hurry. Soaking the beans helps reduce the gas-causing sugars, and it also reduces cooking time. It’s not necessary though–if you want to get started right away and don’t have time for soaking then just go ahead and cook them in your crock pot as soon as possible after buying them!

Rinse and place in crock pot.

  • Rinse the beans in a colander and remove any dirt or debris.
  • Place the beans in your crock pot, along with any spices and water you want to add (see recipe below).

Add 2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, bay leaves, and garlic cloves.


Add 2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, bay leaves, and garlic cloves.

Mix well to combine all ingredients together.

Cook on low for 8-10 hours (or until beans are soft).

Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your beans and how many hours you cook them. The pinto beans should be soft, but not mushy or dried out. If they’re cooked through but still firm when you taste one after 8 hours, then let them go another hour or two until they’re done to your liking.

Cooking times will also vary based on whether or not you’ve soaked your beans overnight first (which I highly recommend). If so, just add an extra hour onto whatever cooking time is recommended by your recipe–the soaked beans will take less time to cook than unsoaked ones

How to cook pinto beans in the crock pot

To cook pinto beans in the crock pot, first you’ll need to soak them overnight. The next morning, rinse them and place them in the slow cooker with two teaspoons of salt, one-half teaspoon pepper, bay leaves and garlic cloves (the latter should be peeled). Cook on low for eight to ten hours (or until beans are soft).


I hope this article has helped you understand how to cook pinto beans in the crock pot. If you want to try something new, I highly recommend making some homemade tortillas! They are so easy and delicious, plus they’re perfect for tacos or burritos.

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