Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Dish Description
These beans turn out fabulous in the slow cooker! I developed this recipe after finding too many hard beans after cooking with a pot on the stove.
  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3/4 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound Black Forest ham, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano, or to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lard
  • 5 cups chicken broth, or as needed to cover

  • Cover pinto beans with water in a large bowl; allow beans to soak overnight.
  • Place onion, green bell pepper, celery, garlic, Black Forest ham, soaked pinto beans, cumin, oregano, bay leaves, and lard in a slow cooker.
  • Pour enough chicken broth into the slow cooker to cover the other ingredients.
  • Cook on High until beans are very tender, 5 to 6 hours.