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.
- 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.