Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Beef


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Do you love homemade pinto beans? Then you will LOVE this Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Beef.

all done cooking pinto beans and beef with a wooden ladle in it.
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Hello! This Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Beef recipe will not disappoint. I did not go the chili route when seasoning this, I did a mild seasoning just to bring out the flavor of the beans and beef. I love homemade pinto beans, especially if they are creamy. When cooking pinto beans on the stove-top they end up being creamy, because of the stirring that the stove-top beans require. To get this creamy effect in the slow cooker I take out a cup or more of beans after they are done cooking and put them in a bowl, I mash them up, them stir them back into the rest of the beans, problem solved!

If you plan on making these beans be sure to read that the pinto beans need to be soaked overnight, doing this will help the beans get nice and tender during the cooking the next day. If you forget to soak, it would be best to do a quick soak method before adding the beans to the slow cooker.

cooked pinto beans on a wooden ladle in  a slow cooker

This meal doesn’t need much for serving after it’s done cooking. Just tortilla chips and Monterey Jack cheese was a great match for our tastes.

3 bowls of pinto beans and beef
all done cooking pinto beans and beef with a wooden ladle in it.

My mom and grandma can make the best pot of pinto beans on the stove, me not so much. When I cook pinto beans on the stove I seem to forget about them and they burn. The slow cooker is the way to go for me when cooking beans. If you cook with beans often I suggest you look into Rancho Gordo Beans, I ordered a large shipment of unique beans and can’t wait to make more recipes like this one. I plan to make a cassoulet soon, I’ll let you know how it turns out.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!  I will be back next week with more recipes. Have a good weekend!

cooked pinto beans on a wooden ladle in  a slow cooker

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Beef

4.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 8 hours 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 18 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Humble ingredients, pinto beans and beef, create an amazing bowl of comfort food.


  • 1 lb. dried pinto bean beans, see directions for soaking overnight
  • 3 lbs. beef chuck roast
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup beer, can use additional water instead
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/8 tsp. salt, to taste; add at the end

Options for Serving

  • tortilla chips
  • Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


Preparing the Beans

  • The night before you are ready to cook this, add the pinto beans to the slow cooker.
  • Cover with a few inches of water.
  • Do not turn on the slow cooker, let the beans soak overnight in the water.

Preparing the Beans and Beef

  • In the morning drain the water off the pinto beans.
  • In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, add the oil.
  • Once hot, brown the chuck roast on all sides. Set aside.
  • Add the beef bouillon cubes, poblano pepper, onion, garlic, bay leaves, pepper, oregano, cumin, and cayenne pepper to the slow cooker along with the drained beans.
  • Pour in the water and beer, stir.
  • Add in the browned beef.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 10 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
  • When the cooking time is up, remove the bay leaves and discard.
  • Remove the chuck roast, shred and discard fat. Set aside for a moment.
  • Degrease the pinto beans by laying paper towels over the top of the beans, and pull up quickly. Discard the paper towels.
  • Take about 1 cup of the beans and some broth out into a small bowl, using a fork or a potato masher, mash up those beans, add them back into the slow cooker with the rest of the beans.
  • Add the shredded meat back in, stir well.
  • Season with salt to taste.
  • Serve with tortilla chips and shredded Monterey Jack cheese.


Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 550mg | Potassium: 1424mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 7mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Danielle says:

    When do I add the overnight soaked beans into the crockpot? When I add the meat? In the middle of the cooking time? I guess I’m unsure how the beans get cooked? Especially before getting the fat off and mashing a cup of them?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      The beans cook from the beginning with the beef. I soak the beans overnight in the slow cooker (off), drain the water in the morning, then continue with the recipe.

  2. Cathy says:

    4 stars
    Loved this

  3. Kaitlyn says:

    Can I use canned pintos instead of dry? Or dry best?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      You can, I’m unsure exactly what the recipe would be without testing it.

  4. Wanda Cain-Minsy says:

    What temp should the crop pot be on low med hi cooking them over night in a crop pot I did not have time to boil the beans first

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      On high would be best.

  5. Rick says:

    5 stars
    After you mash the cup of beans and replace back to the slow cooker, how long to slow cook until the beans get creamy.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      The mashed beans are what make the sauce creamy. If your beans need to be softened more I’d cook 1-2 hours more.