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Down South Pinto Beans

Rated as 4.25 out of 5 Stars

"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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3 h 10 m servings 272
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  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; 10.5 33.3 11.2 13 43 Full nutrition

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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 ende...

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.

These were delicious! Taste just like the beans my grannie used to cook.

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 th...