Southern Style Salted Pinto Beans

"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."
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Ready In:
3hrs 10mins




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

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  1. 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.
  2. Very good beans,I also prefer smoked ham hocks.By accident I discovered how to make ranch style beans with this recipe by adding a package of dry enchilada seasoning.They taste so much like the canned ranch style beans and great with cornbread. Good for a change once in awhile.Thanks for the recipe!
  3. 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. =)
  4. 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
  5. Just like Mama used to make in the foothills of NC! Plain, simple yet really tasty. The cornbread and sliced onions complete the dish.


  1. These were very good, but I did miss the onion and peppers that I usually use. this was simple to make. I used 2 ham hocks instead of the pork fatback. Thanks


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