Southern style Pinto beans

Total Time
3hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 hrs

Place beans, water and fatback in a heavy pot. bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and simmer 2 1/2 to 3 hours. This was my great grand mother's recipe and has been handed down for generations.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. wash beans and look for foreign matter, small stones or pieces of dirt.
  2. rinse twice.
  3. put in a heavy pot with the water and fatback.
  4. bring to a boil and reduce to a slow simmer.
  5. simmer about 3 hours.
  6. Serve with corn bread and sliced onions.
Most Helpful

My mom would put a pot of these beans on in the morning on wash day (she used lard). Everyone who walked past the stove had to stir the beans. I make these same beans often, but I use one smoked ham hock. Good amount of soupy broth. No, these are not cowboy beans with peppers etc... Just good southern pintos! Good with fried pork chops - now your talking.

Chef233624 March 14, 2010

These beans were really something different than what I am used to eating but I really liked them. I used dried pinto beans and used a pressure cooker to speed up the process ( 1 1/4 hr at 10 lbs pressure). Served this recipe with corn bread and buttermilk. Tasty! Thanks for posting, JimB. =)

Aroostook January 29, 2004

Love pinto beans, and the beans turned out just great without soaking!! I did add additional water, a couple of times during cooking, because I was afraid the beans would burn. The pork I used was the last remains of a cure 81 ham. Tasted great! Thanks, JimB427 for posting this down home recipe. Made for Cooking From The Pantry Challenge Game

sloe cooker February 07, 2012