Down South Pinto Beans


My grandmother always brought these wonderful pinto beans with pork jowl to the table at mealtimes, along with cornbread and onions. Yummy. A true Southern tradition.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
8 servings


  • 2 cups dried pinto beans

  • 4 quarts water, or more as needed

  • 4 (1 ounce) slices pork jowl, or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Wash pinto beans thoroughly and place in a large stockpot. Add 4 quarts water, pork jowl, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer; cook until beans are tender and tasty, 3 to 4 hours. Add water throughout cooking as needed; do not let the beans cook dry.

Cook's Notes:

These beans can also be prepared in a slow cooker. Add all ingredients and set on High. They'll be ready to eat at suppertime.

Use 1 ham hock instead of the pork jowl if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

272 Calories
11g Fat
33g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 272
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 698mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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