Easiest Pinto Bean Recipe You’ll Ever Find

Pinto beans are a staple for Texans. We wrap them in tortillas, mash them for refried beans, eat them with our Tex-Mex, but never in our chili.  Today, I offer the easiest pinto bean recipe you’ll ever find.

Easiest Pinto Bean Recipe You'll Ever Find

Easiest Pinto Bean Recipe You’ll Ever Find


  • 1 16 oz bag of dried pinto beans
  • 8-10 cups of water
  • 1 16 oz jar picante sauce


  1. Place dried beans in a colander and wash thoroughly. Discard any misshapen beans and rocks (yes! rocks sometimes make it into the package).
  2. Place beans, water and picante sauce in a slow-cooker.
  3. Set on high and cook for 3-4 hours (or on low for about 8 hours).
  4. BAM! Beans!


Optional: In the last hour or two of cooking, slice pre-cooked sausage and place in with beans.


Doesn’t get much easier than that.

When I need a heartier meal, I make a pot of rice to accompany the meal.  Cornbread goes without saying.

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For those of you who live where the mighty pinto is considered a gourmet item, you can always get them online….or, have your friends mail them to you!

Once you make your first pot of beans, you’ll keep them in rotation, especially in the chilly months or when you have a crowd to feed. You just gotta trust me on this.

Now get to cookin’, cowpoke.


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  1. Patti, this IS easy- I love it! It reminds me of the time, many moons ago, when I first cooked pinto beans as a young bride. All kinds of dirt and pebbles were in the bottom of that pot of cooked beans. No one ever told me you had to wash and pick over the dang things. We ate ’em anyway- just the ones off the top. 😉

    Love, Joy

    • Ha! My mom is German, and while I was born and raised in Texas, she did not make pinto beans. The first time I saw someone making them, they were picking thru the beans for rocks (found them!) and washing the dirt off of them. I was hooked. While I do love a simmering pot on the stove, these are as tasty, yet incredibly easy.

  2. Looks so yummy! I love making beans from scratch. So much cheaper too!

    • We usually have enough for two meals and a container for the freezer. Perfect for a long day when I don’t feel like cooking.

  3. Love it! I have a chili recipe that is very similar in that it also uses picante sauce. What a wonderful quick & easy meal kitchen “life hack.” Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have been SO wanting to cook beans in the slow cooker, and now I feel silly to have been intimidated!

  5. This might actually be something that I could make AND that my hubby would eat! A pickier eater I have yet to meet! *sigh* lol

  6. I just pinned this recipe! It looks so easy that even I could make it 🙂 I would def. ad the sausage and serve it with rice, too!

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      You CAN make it! I’m tellin’ ya…it’s as easy as it sounds. Thanks for the pin! (It’s even great with a whole-grain rice)

  7. Yum!! Thanks for sharing, I have never cooked pinto beans in my crockpot, I will have to try it someday soon!

  8. I love some good Pinto’s!! Thanks for sharing! And ALWAYS with cornbread 🙂

  9. Ciara @Teaspoon of Life says

    Stopping by from Teach me Tuesday. I have been looking for a pinto bean recipe, I will have to give this one a try 🙂

  10. A big pot of pinto beans just makes my feel good all over. I was born and raised in Texas, so of course I grew up on these. Great recipe. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      If I had my druthers, I’d put a pot on the stove and let them simmer for a couple of hours, but these are a delish as well, and so easy!

  11. Oh man…my mouth is watering! I love pinto beans! Thanks for sharing. Aloha

  12. I love how the last step says “BAM–Beans!” That is my kind of recipe! I’m going to pin this and I hope to try it soon! I’m stopping by from Moonlight and Mason Jars. Have a great day!

  13. What an interesting twist. Here, in Virginia, we season them with pork and serve cornbread on the side.


  14. Oh man, I really need to hurry up and buy a slow cooker! Yumm!

  15. we love beans and this one does sound easy, a bit different as well, I bet spicy right
    come see us.

  16. I love beans done in the crockpot! But his is a new recipe for me to try. Thanks!

  17. We need more easy recipes and can’t get easier than this.

  18. I am excited to try this. Thanks for sharing. I found you on Cookin’ for the Seven Dwarves. I’m a new follower.

  19. Sounds excellent! Anything this easy has to be pinned for later! Thanks for sharing!


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