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.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
3 hrs 5 mins
total:
3 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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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

272 calories; protein 11.2g 23% DV; carbohydrates 33.3g 11% DV; fat 10.5g 16% DV; cholesterol 12.8mg 4% DV; sodium 42.9mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2018
This was super easy and turned out pretty good. I did use a ham hock instead of the pork jowl as the recipe submitter mentioned. I think this recipe could have used some onion and garlic. I ended up adding cayenne pepper to mine to give it some kick. Overall this is a good recipe with a simple and straight forward cooking method. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2018
You have to have onions lots of onions cumin salt and pepper and NO SUGAR. I have Pinto Beans for over 35 yrs. My entire family loves them. Not sure why sugar was even mentioned to make the beans. And of course a ham hock! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2018
This was super easy and turned out pretty good. I did use a ham hock instead of the pork jowl as the recipe submitter mentioned. I think this recipe could have used some onion and garlic. I ended up adding cayenne pepper to mine to give it some kick. Overall this is a good recipe with a simple and straight forward cooking method. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2018
You have to have onions lots of onions cumin salt and pepper and NO SUGAR. I have Pinto Beans for over 35 yrs. My entire family loves them. Not sure why sugar was even mentioned to make the beans. And of course a ham hock! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2018
Great! Just like Granny's. To the person who said you don't add sugar...yes you do. A little bit of sugar brings out all the other flavors. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2018
These were delicious! Taste just like the beans my grannie used to cook. Read More
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