Crockpot Pinto Beans (GF)

This recipe is an adapted version of my friend Nyla’s crockpot pinto beans. One taste of these perfectly delicious beans and you’ll be convinced there’s no need to ever purchase canned beans!

And if you like refried beans, I’ve included directions for using these beans to make homemade refried beans as well.

If you’re new to soaking, please check out “How to Soak Grains for Optimal Nutrition.”

Crockpot Pinto Beans (GF)

Crockpot Pinto Beans (GF)


  • 2 cups of soaked pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups filtered water (or bone broth, if using salted broth, reduce the salt below by half)
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/3 tbsp all-purpose herb seasoning (I like Simply Organic brand)
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin


    Step One: Soak Beans
  1. The afternoon/evening before you plan to serve the beans, place 2 cups of dried beans in colander and pick through them removing any small stones or other foreign matter.
  2. Rinse the beans well and place in a large glass bowl, or remove your ceramic crockpot from its base and soak directly in the crockpot.
  3. Add about four times the volume of very warm water to beans. (I use a combo of half "almost boiling" water to room temp water.)
  4. Place bowl (or ceramic crockpot) in your oven with the oven light on and the door closed for 8-12 hours. (You might want to leave a post-it on your oven door to remind you not to turn on your oven – trust me – been there done that! Ha ha!)
  5. If you have time, ideally, it's best to drain the beans, rinse them and put them back through this same soak process again (which would extend the soak time and help to further reduce phytic acid, and further increase digestibility).
  6. Step Two: Crockpot
  7. Once soaking time is complete, drain and rinse beans thoroughly.
  8. Place beans in the crockpot with rest of ingredients. Cook on high for 7-8 hours, or until beans reach desired softness.
  9. Use leftover beans to make refried beans(see recipe below).


Homemade Refried Beans recipe: You can easily make refried beans using this same recipe. Simply cook the beans until they are very soft and can be easily mashed between your thumb and index finger. Then, use a potato masher to mash the beans, adding a little olive oil, if necessary, to reach desired consistency. (I like to leave a few bean lumps, but if you like them really smooth, you can use an electric hand mixer to get them really smooth and creamy.) Mmm!

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  1. Lorri says

    Oh my goodness…I cooked these beans today and they are to die for. Thank you so much for the recipe! I’ll be cooking these on a regular basis….YUM!!!!!!!!!

    • Kelly says

      Hooray! So glad you like these, Lorri! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a sweet note! Blessings, Kelly

  2. Stephanie says

    Do you leave the oven light on to remind you that the beans are in the oven or does it serve some other purpose? Also, I’m assuming that you are of the opinion that no acid is needed when soaking beans. I read your post about soaking and realize it is unclear the conclusion on beans. In seeing this recipe, I assume you come down on the side of not adding anything but water to the soaking process. Just wanted to make sure. Thanks!

    • Kelly says

      Great question, Stephanie! I leave the oven light on to maintain warmth which is good for soaking beans and you’re correct about me not adding an acid medium. There’s mixed reviews on it and frankly, it does tend to make the beans tougher in texture. I know some add a little baking soda to the soak – not sure if you’ve heard about that before. But it’s also an option. Lots of blessings, Kelly

  3. Stephanie says

    Thanks for your time and response, Kelly. I really appreciate it. Can’t wait to see how these beans turn out for dinner tonight. I’ll keep you posted!

  4. Sonja Kurtzer says

    Hi, just a question – as I don’t have a crock pot – but do you use the old fashioned type with the ceramic bowl or the new fancy (and bigger) ones? I can get access to an older style but wondered if I should invest in a newer one.

    • says

      I’ve got an old ceramic bowl type and so if that is one that you can easily get access to, then I would recommend giving crockpot cooking a go. It’s such an easy way to cook beans and meals as well! :) Blessings, Kelly

    • says

      I don’t recommend using an acid medium with beans either, just warm water. Some experts recommend using a little baking soda, but I find it makes the texture of the beans undesirable.

    • says

      Hi, Sarah. That’s actually a really good question. I can see where I caused confusion. I edited it to be more clear that you are going to soak two cups of dry beans and then those two cups of soaked beans are what you’ll use to put in the crockpot to make the pinto bean dish. :) Thanks for pointing out the confusion. Hope you enjoy this recipe! Thanks for taking the time to leave a kind note! :)

  5. says

    Thank you so much! They came out great and will be finding their way into your enchiladas for my daughter’s first birthday! :)

    • says

      I’m so happy to help! Enjoy! And happy birthday wishes to your precious little one! Such a big moment – first birthdays are so fun! :)

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