Slow Cooker Gluten Free Pinto Bean Recipe

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Spicy and satisfying this Slow Cooker Gluten Free Pinto Bean Recipe is a new addition to my diet.
Spice them up with fresh jalapenos and add bacon and cilantro for flavor.
Bonus they’re very economical at pennies per serving!

Slow Cooker Gluten Free Pinto Beans

I’ll have to admit, I didn’t like, or I didn’t think I liked, pinto beans. I suppose, my mother didn’t flavor them enough. I discovered if you add yummy ingredients like bacon, salt, pepper, jalapeno and cilantro, they’re fabulous!! I tried not to like them but I really do.

Slow Cooker Gluten Free Pinto Beans

Now, you may be asking yourself why I even bothered with pinto beans. I have a 15 pound bag of them. Yeah, for realz. You see, I ask a friend to bring a small bag of peas to a dinner party because I had forgotten to pick them up when I shopped. I only needed a few. All I wanted them for was to place on my serving tray and sit Deviled Eggs on top. Have you ever used that trick to keep Deviled Eggs in their place? Being the savvy shopper she is, the 15 pound bag was mere pennies more than the 8 oz bag so she grabbed them.

I have 15 pounds of pinto beans in my pantry that I hate to throw out! They’re fabulously healthy so I decided to cook some and see if my taste had changed since childhood. I’m so happy I did. They are delicious!

Also, it’s true what my mom told me as a child when I wouldn’t eat certain things,

“if you get hungry enough, you’ll eat almost anything.”

Yes, my friends, that has never been more true! I’m not really for dieting, but thought I’d kick start 2014 with eating healthier and after doing a little research kind of designed my own detox, paleo, gluten-free eating plan. Which is to say, I’m not following any of them strictly, but just trying to eat more natural, healthy, non-processed foods.

The second part of any healthy plan is exercising. Now not everyone can or wants to run. Here’s a little chart to show calories burned comparing walking and  running.

Walk For Run For Calories burned
20 minutes 9 minutes 100
30 minutes 14 minutes 150
45 minutes 21 minutes 225
60 minutes 27 minutes 300
90 minutes 41 minutes 450
*based on a 150 lb female
Slow Cooker Gluten Free Pinto Bean Recipe
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Serves: 8 to 10 servings
Spicy and satisfying this Gluten Free Pinto Bean Recipe is a new addition to my diet. Spice the pintos with fresh jalapenos and add bacon and cilantro for flavor. Bonus they're very economical at pennies per serving! *You can use jarred jalapenos, if you use jarred add them with the cilantro for the last 15 mintues.
  • 2 cups pinto beans
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 fresh jalapeno*, seeded and diced
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 T dried or ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • water
  • 1 Tablespoon beef flavored better than bouillon paste
  1. Sort through beans and remove any with spots on them.
  2. Soak beans in a large bowl of water 3 parts water to 1 part beans.
  3. Soak over-night.
  4. Drain and rinse beads. Place in slow cooker and cover with fresh water to 1 inch above the beans
  5. Cook bacon to render some of the fat out. Add bacon and drippings to slow cooker with beans. Add bouillon, onions, jalapeno, salt, and pepper.
  6. Heat on high and cook 4 hours.
  7. Add cilantro 10 to 15 mintues before serving.
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  1. says

    Can you elaborate on this “gluten free” eating? I thought gluten was something in wheat & then in flour. If you don’t put flour in beans/peas wouldn’t it automatically be a “gluten free” dish?

    • says

      Some naturally gluten free foods including pinto beans have added gluten in processing. These pinto beans do not.

    • says

      Thanks so much or stopping by! I love them this way. My husband likes spicy so he had these great suggestions!

    • says

      I’m guilty of that, but it kind of works. Sometimes I don’t want to run and it helps to keep everything in check.

  2. says

    I wasn’t a fan of beans growing up either but love them now and yours look delicious! Love the sound of your spicy version with all these other great flavors in here and even better that you made them in the slow cooker 🙂

    • says

      Thanks, Kelly. I really tried not to like them when my husband suggested we make them, but I couldn’t help myself!

  3. says

    I’m ALSO one of those people whose mom sort of ruined certain foods. For me, it was Brussels sprouts and ANY type of legumes. I loved my mom, but umm… cooking wasn’t her forte.
    If I can get the gusto, I’ll be sure to try your bean recipe. It does sound delicious! 🙂

    Good luck on your healthy eating plan, Paula!

    • says

      I’m struggling with the no/low carbs! I don’t do potato salad or deviled eggs because my parents were determined my brother and I was going to eat (and like) them! My mom is a good cook on some things, but if she didn’t have something she’s just leave it out. That was good for me in a way, I learned you don’t have to follow a recipe exactly. But she took it to extremes. I’ll never forget she made this sausage and cheese casserole that I LOVED. I asked her to make it again some time later and she didn’t have sausage (?!) or another major ingredient. So bascially it was cheese rice! what?! (she’s probably going to read this now that I’ve ratted her out!!)

  4. says

    Growing up we always used fatback in our pinto beans. Everyone always said it was to take the gas out of the beans. It also adds a lot of flavor.

    • says

      We do that too, just didn’t have any this time and it was too cold to get out the other day and get some. I’ve used ham too, it was really good too.

  5. says

    Mmmm pinto beans make me think of my time in Brazil! Love this recipe! I’ll probably leave out the bacon but I love me some good ol’ hearty beans. That chart for calories burned per minute for walking and running looks pretty handy too. Although it makes me wonder how I’m not a million pounds after blogging for two years. (I do not exercise nearly enough to off balance the food I eat lol)

  6. says

    I love pinto beans 🙂 I also buy them in very big bags! I love that you jazzed them up and did it in the crock pot! I am pinning this for my next Mexican food night 🙂

  7. says

    These slow cooker pinto beans sound delicious!! Thanks for linking up at Saturday Dishes “CROCK-POT” blog hop.
    I pinned it.
    Diane Roark


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