Delicious pinto bean recipe that does not include pork but still has an awesome flavor. My family loves it! Serve over hot cooked rice.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
8 hrs
additional:
6 hrs
total:
14 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Wash and pick over the beans, then place them in a large bowl. Fill the bowl with cold water, and soak the beans for 6 to 8 hours.

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  • Drain and rinse the beans, then place into a slow cooker. Pour in 8 cups of water. Stir in onion, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and bay leaves. Place the turkey leg into the cooker, cover, and cook on Low setting for 6 hours. Stir in olive oil, and add more water if the beans are beginning to dry out; cook until the beans are very tender, an additional 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

415 calories; protein 25.3g; carbohydrates 56g; fat 10.8g; cholesterol 19.2mg; sodium 728.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2010
These beans were good but I altered the recipe a bit. I didn't have a spare smoked turkey laying around so I used chopped leftover ham instead. Tasted great! I also added Paula Deen's House Seasoning to the beans when I added the olive oil. Wasn't sure how the olive oil would taste but it turned out great. I usually make my beans on the stove top and add vegetable oil. I also cooked the beans on high the whole time which gave me more of a "pot liquor" which I love to sop up with my corn bread. I will surely be making these again.:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/21/2015
Bay leaves overpowered the flavor. Read More
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42 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2010
These beans were good but I altered the recipe a bit. I didn't have a spare smoked turkey laying around so I used chopped leftover ham instead. Tasted great! I also added Paula Deen's House Seasoning to the beans when I added the olive oil. Wasn't sure how the olive oil would taste but it turned out great. I usually make my beans on the stove top and add vegetable oil. I also cooked the beans on high the whole time which gave me more of a "pot liquor" which I love to sop up with my corn bread. I will surely be making these again.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2011
Thank you SO much for a great base bean recipe! The beans turned out perfect for me. I added salt after 6 hours. (I cooked for 9 hours total.) I also used a few slices of bacon rather than the turkey. THIS is the perfect recipe for making beans to add to dishes or just on it's own! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2010
Made this yesterday. Turned pot very well -it's all gone. I made 1/2 recipe and used wings in place of the legs. The smoked turkey provides excellent flavor to the beans without all the salt and fat that you would get if ham was used for the seasoning Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2011
good! I can't wait to make again! I followed recipe almost to the T. But, I used 7 cloves of fresh garlic plus garlic powder. I used 2 smoked hamhocks. No oil and no bay leaves. I also used almost 2Tb chicken bouillon near the end of cooking so I wouldn't over salt it. SOOOO good!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2011
These are awesome! Followed the recipe almost exactly. I did cut it in half used a ham hock and had to add garlic salt AFTER the beans got soft because I had very little garlic powder. I will be making these again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
love it.............my pinto beans taste great Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2011
I altered this recipe a bit; instead of the smoked turkey leg I fried up a pound of bacon; added 1 jalopeno and some cilantro for the last hour of cooking; no bay leaves. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2015
These are the BEST beans I've EVER EATEN!!!!!! I soaked 2lbs of dried beans overnight, rinsed them and added them to the slow cooker. I also added a large diced onion, a large diced bell pepper, 2 smoked turkey legs, 1 clove of garlic, pepper, a little less than half a tbsp of sea salt, and just under 8 cups of chicken broth. I set the slow cooker on Low for 8 hours. Came home, made a dozen gluten free cornbread muffins and had the BEST home cooked meal I've eaten in a long time!!! I already gave this recipe to my Mother and Grandmother to make too! This recipe is hands down the BEST ever and this will be my signature dish from now on! Thank you for this recipe!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/25/2011
Simple tasty and easy. I'm going to try Italian Sausage vs. turkey leg the next time. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/21/2015
Bay leaves overpowered the flavor. Read More
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