Mrs. Crenshaw's Pinto Beans

Total Time
13hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 13 hrs

I spent years trying to replicate my mother's pinto beans, but there was always something missing. I finally came across this recipe in a 1955 Texas cookbook and it's got to be where mom (a Texan) got the recipe. Oh, the missing ingredient, maple syrup! Time required includes soaking time for beans.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring water and bouillon to boil.
  2. Add beans, garlic, chili powder, sugar, maple syrup and salt.
  3. Cover and simmer for 3 hours.
  4. Add onion and ham.
  5. Simmer additional 1 hour or until tender.
  6. Add water as needed (in 1/2 cup increments).
  7. When done, the broth should thicken and barely cover the beans.
  8. Serve with garnishes and hot cornbread.


Most Helpful

At first bite, I thought the sweetness had taken over, BUT after a few more bites, my taste buds got used to it, and I loved it! I made a pico with tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime juice to top it with and it was perfect. Everyone love it!

mommyluvs2cook July 16, 2015

Fabulous recipe! I'm not a big pinto beans fan - but these taste absolutely fabulous! I will definitely be making these frequently!

lisalinth October 28, 2008

Awesome pinto beans. Loved the maple syrup in this. I cut back on the chili powder a little, left out the sugar and added a jalapeno pepper chopped. We loved this. Thanks

~Nimz~ August 05, 2007

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