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Tangy Crock Pot Pinto Beans Bonanza

Returning to the South on our RV roadtrip has reminded me of all the Sothern foods that I love. One is pinto beans. I haven’t made this crock pot pinto beans recipe in the trailer (because it makes a LOT and I’m not sure about eating the same thing for a week or more) but I have ordered them at Southern restaurants on our journey.

There are few things as warming and soul filling as a good bowl of beans. I know it sounds crazy but it truly is one of my favourite things. It reminds me where I have come from and that we really only need the simplest of things to thrive.

Try out this delicious recipe for pinto beans that I published way back in 2011. I promise it is just as good now as it was then.

Pinto beans were one of those meals that I was not a fan of growing up.  I knew we ate them because they were cheap but I never really saw many positives past that.  Now that I’ve grown up, I enjoy beans much more than I did back then.

I decided to see if I could find a recipe that would be good enough to get pintos back into my good graces.  I think I found it! My Crock Pot Pinto Beans Bonanza is a frugal and delicious recipe that your family will love.

Tangy Crock Pot Pinto Beans Bonanza

Tangy Crock Pot Pinto Beans Bonanza
Yield: 8

Crock Pot Pinto Bonanza

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 9 hours
Total Time: 10 hours

A frugal and delicious recipe your family with love. 


  • 2 cups dried pinto beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 lb kielbasa cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 can ranch style or bbq beans
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp ground paprika


  1. Bring water to a boil. Stir in pinto beans. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes or until beans are soft.
  2. Fry bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Remove when it is starting to brown but not crispy. Remove to cutting board. Fry diced onions in the remaining bacon grease. Add onions to the crockpot. Chop the bacon and add it as well.
  3. Once the beans are soft, pour beans and water into crockpot. Add the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 429Saturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 1755mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 14gSugar: 7gProtein: 21g

Recipe Notes: Make sure your beans are soft before you put them in the crock pot.  Since you add salt and acid right away, they will NOT get any softer in the crock pot.  I goofed this up a bit when I made it.  Even with not so soft beans, though, this was awesome.  I will definitely be making this again.  I served it with brown rice and hot sauce.  YUM!

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Sunday 9th of March 2014

if you soaked the beans overnight would that be enough to make them soft enough for this?


Saturday 21st of May 2011

I just made this dish, and it's so yummy! We really enjoyed it. Thanks so much for sharing!


Saturday 7th of May 2011

I'm featuring this recipe in an Everything Mom meal plan! I also plan to make it-went out and bought the beans already. YUM!


Thursday 5th of May 2011

Yum, yum, yum! That sounds delish!

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