Slow-Cooker Zesty Pinto Beans

A simple can of tomatoes with green chiles gives a spirited kick to pinto beans cooked slow with ham, garlic, and brown sugar.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 12 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

1
(16-oz.) pkg. (3 1/4 cups) dried pinto beans, sorted, rinsed
2
cups water
1
cup chopped onions (2 medium)
1/2
cup finely chopped cooked ham
2
garlic cloves, minced
2
tablespoons brown sugar
1
tablespoon chili powder
1/2
teaspoon cumin
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
(14 1/2-oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
  • 1 In large saucepan, combine beans and 10 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender but still firm, stirring occasionally.
  • 2 Drain beans, discarding water. Place beans in 3 1/2 to 4-quart slow cooker. Add 2 cups water and all remaining ingredients except tomatoes; mix well.
  • 3 Cover; cook on low setting for 8 hours.
  • 4 Add tomatoes; mix well. Cover; cook an additional 1 to 2 hours or until beans are tender.

Expert Tips

Use cooked bacon in place of ham. Or make the beans without meat for a vegetarian dish.

Because tomatoes are acidic, they keep beans from fully cooking to a tender texture. Be sure to add tomatoes - and any other acidic ingredients such as lemon juice or vinegar - at the end of the cooking time for the beans.

Try these beans with Speedy Enchilada Bake.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
Calories
125
(
Calories from Fat
10),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
1g
1%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
240mg
240%;
Total Carbohydrate
28g
28%
(Dietary Fiber
8g
8%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
9g
9%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
16%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Very Lean Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.