Smoky Pinto Beans

spicy pinto beans
  • Prep Time
  • 8Servings


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 oz.) fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper


Transfer the beans to a large bowl. Add cool water to cover the beans by 3 inches. Let stand for at least 10 hours.

Drain the soaked beans in a colander. Sprinkle the onion and bacon into a large, lined slow cooker. Add the beans, chicken broth and 1 cup cold water. Cover and cook on high until the beans are tender, about 3 hours.

Pour in the tomatoes. Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2 hours. Season with salt and pepper.