Slow-Cooker Pinto Beans

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + soaking Cook: 8 hours


8 servings

Updated: May. 15, 2023
I love pinto beans, but I always feel the flavor can easily turn too bland. I added a little this and a little that and came out with this amazing but easy slow-cooker pinto beans recipe. —Erica Vanderpool, Clarksville, Tennessee
Slow-Cooker Pinto Beans Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 1/4 cup sliced onions
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Fresh thyme sprigs , optional


  1. Rinse and sort beans. Place in a large saucepan; add water to cover by 2 in. Let soak, covered, overnight. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
  2. Return beans to saucepan; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil. Boil 15 minutes. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
  3. Transfer beans to a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Add the next 10 ingredients; stir.
  4. Cook, covered, on high 2 hours. Reduce heat to low; cook until beans are tender, 6-7 hours. Serve with slotted spoon. If desired, top with fresh thyme sprigs.
Slow-Cooker Pinto Beans Tips

Do you need to soak pinto beans before putting them in the slow cooker?

Using the low-and-slow method, you don't have to soak your beans for this recipe. They'll soften plenty while cooking. Just give them a quick rinse before throwing them in the slow cooker and you're good to go!

What other kinds of beans can you use instead of pinto beans?

You can cook many other types of beans in your slow cooker. Black beans, great northern beans and navy beans work well. Try our recipes for slow-cooker beans with barbecue sauce or slow-cooker black beans.

How do you serve pinto beans?

Serve these slow-cooker pinto beans with authentic Mexican dishes, such as beef birria tacos. Have more beans on hand? Here are the best ways to put those pinto beans to great use.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 203 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1043mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 9g fiber), 12g protein.