Slow-Cooker Zesty Pinto Beans

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

Minutes

Total Time

12:00

Hrs:Mins

Makes

12

(1/2-cup)

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.
Makes 12 (1/2-cup) servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Ingredient Substitution
Use cooked bacon in place of ham. Or make the beans without meat for a vegetarian dish.
Kitchen Tip
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.
Serving Suggestion
Try these beans with Speedy Enchilada Bake.

Nutrition Information:

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