Homemade Smoked Pinto Beans

Toss out the canned beans.  You can make homemade beans if you follow these simple steps. I use a crock pot for this easy dish that feeds all week.  I made this last night, and woke up this morning to a house smelling like smokey goodness.


  • 6 cups dried pinto beans (rinsed)
  • 1-2 smoked ham hocks
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning 
  • 1 tablespoons salt


Put all the ingredients in a crock pot and cover with 3 inches of water. Turn the crock pot to the low setting and let it cook for 8 hours. Go to bed.  Wake up on Sunday morning to homemade beans.

If you don’t have a crock pot,  you need to get one. The link below is a programable crock pot.  It makes life so much easier.


Beans can be the main dish or a side dish during the week. They are full of protein and fiber.  My kids love them. I usually make this once a month and freeze bags as back up when I don’t have time to cook dinner.  This is going to be a busy week for me so I prepped this dish for week night meals.

I’ll turn a pot if this into Grandma’s refried beans for burritos on Monday night.  We may have Taco Tuesday with bean tacos (my kids love it).  Taco salad on Wednesday and by Thursday we have had enough beans.  We may go Italian food by then;)

Takis had this plate of Beans for his first breakfast this morning.  He couldn’t wait to eat it.

This is what it looks like after 8 hours of slow cooking.  It reminds me of cowboy food.  Serve it in a bowl, top it with cheese and fresh onions.  


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