Pinto Beans, Ham Hocks, and Rice

"I got this one from Southern Living Magazine and tweaked it some as it was kind of bland to begin with. Needless to say, once I got a hold of it, with my love of spice, it was no longer bland. If you want just mild spice though, just omit all spice but the salt, pepper and onions and green peppers and up the salt to taste as I lowered it to take into account the saltiness of the Cajun Seasoning."
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Ready In:
3hrs 20mins




  • Sort and wash beans; place them in a large pot, add water to cover them and let soak about 8 hours; drain, rinse and then put back into pot with 2 quarts water.
  • Bring beans, ham hocks and all the spices to a boil in the same pot as before; cover, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally about 2 and a half hours or until beans are tender.
  • Stir in rice, onions, green pepper, brown sugar, rice and ham if using; cover and simmer about 20 minutes or until rice is tender; remove ham hocks, chop off meat and add back to pot.
  • Serve with more green onions, some extra hot sauce if that's your thing, and a big pan of cornbread and you have a wonderful country style meal.

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  1. Qmeg5858
    Absolutely delicious. I was too lazy to cook it on the stove, so i changed the white rice to brown and dumped everything into the crock pot. I cooked it on high for about 4.5 hours, and low for one. Incredibly flavorful and plenty of leftovers. Hope that it freezes well - guess i'll find out!
  2. Elaine T.
    This was amazing, I didn't have an onion (I know) so I put in onion powder. I had a ham hock from a honey baked ham, so I didn't add the brown sugar. I put the rice on the side. The family LOVED this. My husband went on and on. My daughter turned her nose up when I told her what we were having. When she tried it, she had seconds. Definitely will make it again. You should give it a try.
  3. Davids Nora
    My husband immediately called a friend a bragged/invited him over for some! & declared this is what he's having for dinner too! (I had run out of eggs, and so just wrapped servings up in warm tortillas. I had the canned beans and cooked the rice separate.) When your husband brags about your cookin'--that's the ultimate compliment! Thank you!
  4. LiisaN
    Good flavor and easy to put together. I was worried that there would be too much liquid - but after adding the rice - most of it absorbed. I added chicken bouillion base to the water for some depth in flavor - it probably didn't need that addition. Thanks.
  5. Acerast
    Economical and Delicious! This has a nice combination of spices (although next time I'll make my own cajun seasoning because the commercial brand was a bit salty when combined with the ham hocks). Thanks JanetC-KY for a great dish that I'll make again.


  1. Jkneebell
    This was a great recipe and easy to make. I thought the taste was wonderful and my husband loved it. I am from Wisconsin and he is from Louisiana, and the mix of culture in the kitchen is fun at our house. I keep my eyes open for southern recipes to keep him happy. I did substitute the smoked hocks for smoked turkey and it turned out great. I will be making this again. Thanks Janet for the great recipe.


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