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Pinto Beans and Ham Hock
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Pinto Beans and Ham Recipe (Slow Cooker)

Pinto beans and ham ... one of my all-time favorite comfort foods! Pinto beans are inexpensive, nourishing, and very satisfying - a great way to feed a family on a budget. Plus, to be completely honest, pinto beans are great even without the ham hock.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Author: Savory With Soul


  • 2 pounds dry pinto beans, soaked for at least 8 hours
  • water to cover
  • 1-½ pound ham (pork) hock
  • 1 tsp salt, more to taste
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper, more to taste
  • 1 tsp dry parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  • Place pre-soaked, rinsed pintos in clean 5- 6-quart slow cooker and add water just to cover. 
  • Add black pepper, parsley, cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder and stir to blend. (Don't add salt until close to the end of cooking time.)
  • Place ham hock down into the center of the beans and cover.
  • Turn heat to high and cook for 6-8 hours or until beans are nicely softened.  Check at around 6 hours to see if beans are starting to soften.  If they are, you can then add the salt and stir.
  • Serve with corn bread and salad if desired for a satisfying, hearty meal.