Big Crock Pot Full of Pinto Beans

READY IN: 10hrs 20mins
Recipe by Red_Apple_Guy

A basic dried bean recipe for the slow cooker. Seasoned with smoked turkey pieces, this is a lower fat recipe with plenty of flavor.

Top Review by Chef Shadows

This is a good base recipe, I prefer more herbs and spices for flavor. The turkey was good as a low fat ingredient but I prefer ham or bacon. Thanks Red for a good recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs dried pinto beans (works for other dried large beans)
  • 12 smoked turkey drumstick (available at supermarkets cut into chunks)
  • 11 cups water, for soaking
  • water (to cover for cooking)
  • 1 -2 tablespoon kosher salt (to taste)
  • 18 teaspoon black pepper
  • 18 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)


  1. Sort and rinse beans with 3 waters (from one container to another 3 times).
  2. Place in a 5 to 6 quart crock pot with soaking water overnight (my preference, but it can be cooked without pre-soaking).
  3. Note: a 4 quart crock pot will be absolutely full, but I have used a 4 quart pot.
  4. Drain soaking water and add water to cover by 1 to 1.5 inches.
  5. Add smoked turkey pieces.
  6. Cook for 10 hours on low.
  7. Add salt and peppers to taste.
  8. Note: I have used cumin, thyme, and oregano for seasoning, but basic salt and pepper is very good).
  9. Serve with cornbread.

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