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a bowl of the crockpot pinto beans served with a cloth napkin and silver spoon

Spiced Crock Pot Pinto Beans

Crock Pot Pinto Beans are hearty, nutritious, full of spiced smoky flavor and are super tasty. It’s a true frugal dump and start slow cooker recipe.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine american, western
Diet Gluten Free, Low Fat
Prep Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours
Servings 12 servings
Calories 156kcal


  • 1 pound (450g) pinto beans picked through, rinsed and dried
  • ½ cup (68g) bacon or ham diced and cooked
  • 4 cups (946ml) chicken broth
  • 2 cups (480ml) water
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼- 1 teaspoon chipotle flakes to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt to taste


  • Add all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • Cover the cooker and cook on HIGH for 8-10 hours, without opening the lid.
  • When done, add salt if desired, and adjust seasonings as necessary.


  • My beans took 9 hours in my Crockpot, adjust yours depending on your make and model of slow cooker. 
  • Examine your beans before you cook them. Pick out the bad looking ones and toss them. 
  • If you don’t like spicy pinto beans, feel free to omit the chipotle flakes. 
  • If you need to thicken your beans, at the end, take a few beans out of the cookers, mash them and return to the rest. 
  • Don’t add salt to your beans until the end of your cooking time, as salting at the beginning may toughen the beans and increase the cooking time.
  • Wait until the end to adjust your seasonings. 
  • Cooking times may vary depending on your pressure cooker make and model and the age of your beans. Make sure to consult your manual for optimal cooking time. 
There are 1 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving.


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 606mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 234IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg