Dried pinto beans are cooked all day in a slow cooker, then mashed on the stove top with fried bacon, onions, garlic, and chili powder.



Recipe Summary

10 mins
8 hrs 17 mins
8 hrs
16 hrs 27 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place beans in a bowl with water to cover. Soak 8 hours to overnight.

  • Drain the beans; place in a slow cooker with ham hock and salt. Cover with water. Cook on Low until beans are soft, about 8 hours.

  • Place bacon in a large pot. Cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until starting to crisp, about 6 minutes. Add onion; cook and stir until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes.

  • Transfer beans to the bacon mixture using a slotted spoon. Mash with a potato masher, adding liquid from the slow cooker as needed. Add chili powder. Cook and stir until combined, 3 to 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

If a ham hock is not available, you can use any pork scraps instead.

The amount of bacon used should add up to about 6 slices.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of ham hock. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

276 calories; protein 17.5g 35% DV; carbohydrates 22.6g 7% DV; fat 12.7g 20% DV; cholesterol 36.2mg 12% DV; sodium 1087.6mg 44% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
These turned out good and the addition of bacon/bacon grease made these stand out over others I've tried. I do think you'll need to double the amount of everything except the ham hock if you want to get 6 servings. I guess it all depends on what you are using the beans for but 1 cup of beans doesn't make a whole lot. Might as well fill that slow cooker up since it will already be running for 8 hours. Overall good flavor and super simple. Don't skip the bacon! Read More