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Rating: 4.51 stars
71 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 45
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0

I was fed up with searching for tasty slow cooker pinto recipes, so I mixed and matched and came up with my own. This recipe is fresh from bachelorhood, yet so good. Imagine the warm goodness of semi-spicy pintos oozing over steaming brown rice and cheese. It's the perfect combo of flavor and value. Enjoy, and let me know how it can be improved!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
9 hrs 40 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
10 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; crumble bacon when cool.

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  • Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan, and stir in pinto beans. Simmer over medium-low heat until the beans soften, about 30 minutes; pour beans and water into a slow cooker. Stir in the bacon and bacon drippings, kielbasa, ranch-style beans, tomato paste, dried onion, apple cider vinegar, pickled jalapeno, sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Set the cooker to Low, and cook until pinto beans are very tender, 9 to 10 hours.

  • About 5 minutes before serving, stir in chopped green pepper. Serve topped with chopped green onion.

Nutrition Facts

514 calories; protein 25.6g; carbohydrates 68.5g; fat 15.6g; cholesterol 31.3mg; sodium 2187.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2011
For a dried bean lover like me this is a little bit of heaven! I made this during the big freeze this week and ate it for two of the coldest days EVER in my area (Colorado). When it was all gone my 19 yr old was begging me to make it again RIGHT NOW! I always make recipes exactly as written the first time then play with it if I think it could be improved. NO PLAYING this time around! I'm a retired chef and would have proudly served this in my restaurant. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/20/2011
sorry just not very inspiring. I'd rather just cook pintos in water and serve with smoked sausage which has been grilled. The apple cider vinegar gave this dish a "funny" taste. Read More
(6)
71 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 45
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2011
For a dried bean lover like me this is a little bit of heaven! I made this during the big freeze this week and ate it for two of the coldest days EVER in my area (Colorado). When it was all gone my 19 yr old was begging me to make it again RIGHT NOW! I always make recipes exactly as written the first time then play with it if I think it could be improved. NO PLAYING this time around! I'm a retired chef and would have proudly served this in my restaurant. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2011
I followed the recommendations of other users and my own tastes to sub 1 cup diced onion for the dried onion and onion powder and I used a light kielbasa...as I was short on time I cooked for 2 hours on high and finished for 5 hours on low.... topped with shredded pepper jack and scallions as noted and served over rice.... really a terrific recipe that both my husband and I just loved. Thanks so much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2011
Yummy! I couldn't really taste any bacon so that could probably be left out next time. I also used cloves of garlic and a whole onion because that's what I had on hand. This made the house smell great! Served it with tortilla chips and sour cream easy inexpensive dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2011
We really enjoyed this! I was'nt sure the beans would get done with only a 30 minute precook and no soaking but they were tender. I still think next time I will soak overnight. That being said couldn't come up with the ranch beans used a can of hot chili beans instead. Put two hot home canned peppers cut in half in with the rest of the mix. Used regular vinegar out of apple cider kind! And totally forgot the bell pepper( which was ok anyway). Put over white rice with some cheese and scallions some cornbread and Mmmmmmmm. Good stuff Danger thanks! Oh one more thing the dried onions.. next time I will use regular onions I just like onions in with my pinto beans. I did cook this on high for 4 hours I just couldn't wait to taste it. Read More
(30)
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2011
This is really great. I have to admit not exactly what I was expecting but very tasty! I doubled the recipe. Also I went ahead & soaked the beans overnight then realized I didn't know how much water I'd used. So I had to guestimate on the liquid. I ended up using 1 qt 1 can of chicken broth (instead of water) plus about 2-3 cups of water. I also forgot about the green onion but doubt that mattered. Great Beans! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2011
Serve wrapped in a flour tortilla. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2011
Absolutely delicious!! I skipped the bacon & tomato paste & used turkey sausage. Can't wait to eat leftovers today! Thank you!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2011
Decent flavor. I was trying to make it a little more rounded so I removed most of the bacon grease and cooked an onion and the green pepper in with the bacon. Served with corn bread and a salad (would've been greens if the kids would eat them!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2011
These beans are awesome. I used smoked sausage instead of kielbasa and fresh jalapenos instead of pickled and fresh onions instead of dried. Love this recipe it's a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/20/2011
sorry just not very inspiring. I'd rather just cook pintos in water and serve with smoked sausage which has been grilled. The apple cider vinegar gave this dish a "funny" taste. Read More
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