Pinto Beans and Rice in a Crock Pot (Or on Stove Top)

Total Time
3hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This is one of those good ol' down home meals. Add a pan of cornbread and you've got it made! You can obviously make this spicier by adding more chili powder, cayenne, jalapenos or just pass the Tabasco. Please note that the time shown is an estimate only as there will be a variance of heat from one crockpot to the next.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse beans in colander.
  2. Put in a crock pot (or large pot).
  3. Cover with water, plus about 2 inches over top of beans.
  4. Add all ingredients, except rice.
  5. Cook on high in crock pot about 3 hours til tender. (Crockpots vary greatly on cooking times. It could take much longer in yours, so the first time allow longer to cook and then you will know how long cooking time will be in the future.).
  6. (Add water if necessary) May also cook on low overnight.
  7. Add rice and cook until rice is warm.
  8. Serve with cornbread.
Most Helpful

This is an awesome bean recipe. You just throw them in a crockpot and forget them. They smell wonderful cooking and taste even better. I did add a little cornstarch and water to thicken (just personal preference). My husband took one bite and said I should make them when his mother comes to visit. High praise indeed! I will definitely make these over and over again. Thank you for the recipe.

carol murray October 08, 2002

Note that dried beans cooked with tomatoes from the beginning will be tough - calcium or acid of any kind causes the outside of the bean to stay tough. The way to get around this is to do as some commenters have mentioned - precook the beans by themselves (overnight), then add the other recipe ingredients and cook for the duration mentioned in the recipe. Crockpots don't come to the same high heat as the stovetop. Unsoaked beans cooked only on low may never get tender.

Lelandra December 27, 2010

I was thrilled to find this recipe just after I received a new crockpot for Christmas! This tasted wonderful even after I overcooked it a tad (no need to thicken anything!) Absolutely delicious!!

ninja January 19, 2003