Awesome Pinto Beans

"These beans are awesome! Great flavor with lots of juice for dipping your tortilla's in! I like to serve them in a bowl with fresh diced onion on top! Great with BBQ Ribs!"
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Ready In:
4hrs 45mins




  • Fill a 12 quart kettle half full with hot water.
  • Add 1 tbsp of Kosher Salt and beans.
  • Soak for 1-2 hours.
  • Do not throw out soaking water.
  • Brings beans to a boil, turn heat to low and add chicken stock, salt pork, bacon.
  • Add more water if necessary.
  • Cook on low for 1/2 hour covered.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, cover and cook till beans are tender.
  • Approximately 2-3 hours.
  • If you like your beans a little spicer, add more red pepper flakes and serrano pepper.
  • Stir the beans occasionally to keep them from sticking.

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  1. Very flavorfull, My family does not like refried beans so I used to make pinto beans with ham hock and leave the beans whole. Now I'll replace it with these for a change.
  2. Very nice recipe! Thank you for posting. I had to take a few stars away because I found the results to be very, very salty. Otherwise good but be warned that they are also very spicy!
  3. I gotta say these beans were awesome. My husband and I couldn't stop eating them, however, I thought they were too salty. I drained off the juice and filled the pot with fresh water twice. Anyone who is trying this recipe, you might want to start with only half the salt the recipe calls for. Thanks Christine for posting!
  4. Delicious! I'm always worried about bland beans so I've never made them before. These are so flavorful! I didn't have all the spices, but this recipe is very flexible and forgiving! We loved them and will have them again for sure. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
  5. Excellent recipe. This is the second time making them and this time I used half of the beans for refried beans for Tostados and the other half in Recipe #81029. Both were delicious. I didn't have beer so left that out and used pancetta for the salt pork. You can't find anything as tasty in a can. Do make these beans.


  1. These beans truly are AWESOME! I didn't add the beer, and I used ham hock instead of bacon. This is now my favorite way to fix beans!


I was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. I moved to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1998. I enjoy camping, sewing and gardening. My husband and I love to cook. We are always trying new recipes and adding to old ones. We BBQ every weekend and always have a crowd of friends over to taste our creations! Usually we are watching Nascar and/or football while we BBQ! I am a Denver Bronco Fan, but I also like the Houston Texans.
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