Paula Deen's Pinto Beans

"Or as we call them "Red Beans" in Texas. I've been making "Red Beans" for as long as I've been cooking, but I saw Paula make her's on the Foodnet Work and I liked the way she cooked her "ham hocks" and saved the liquid for the beans. The whole onion is a different twist on my way of cooking beans, too. It calls for her "house seasoning" but I just broke it down. These are wonderful, trust me."
photo by True Texas photo by True Texas
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photo by True Texas photo by True Texas
Ready In:
5hrs 10mins




  • Wash beans and soak overnight in cold water.
  • Drain the beans and dump into a slow cooker.
  • Stir in chili powder and oregano. If using ham hock: Pre-soak ham in a seperate pot, for a least 2 hours, or refrigerate up to 24 hours. Cook ham hock on top of oven for about 30 minutes, save the liquid and add to your beans.
  • Add the ham hock beans and more liquid to cover beans.
  • Add the onion (whole) to your beans then season with salt, pepper and garlic salt.
  • Cook on high for at least 5 hours or until beans are tender.
  • Serve up beans with some of the ham hock in them and cornbread.

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  1. Chefdesitrus
    I am sorry, but there was no flavour to these beans. Perhaps there is something missing in the instructions? I doubled the recipe, so maybe that threw it off?
  2. pray_havefaith_bepa
    I agree. These were terrible. No flavor whatsoever. I threw the hole pot away. Edward and dot let Texas fool u. My brother is from Texas and he no way she needs to stop insulting Texas cooking.
  3. Michelle C.
    I tsp chili powder won't cut it if you want flavorful beans! I add about 3 Tablespoons to the pot with about 1 Tablespoon of garlic salt. s&p. I also add about 1/8 cup tomato sauce or 1tsp tomato paste which ever one you prefer. I add my ham hock at the same time as the onion. Right into the pot so that it can cook in real good with the beans. Sometimes I use smoked turkey legs! This version is tasteful and not bland at all! Have a good day!



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