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Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Sausage are simple to make with incredible flavor. These beans slow-cooked all day for some delicious comfort food.

I would serve these with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of chopped chilantro, and cornbread! You may also want to spoon them over rice or quinoa.

beans in a pot in a ladle


There are so many attributes to these beans. They are great to feed a crowd, pantry staples, and budget-friendly too. Probably the most important is taste and they taste exceptional! Very delicious!

You can enjoy these as I did or you can add them to soup, chili, tacos, and burritos.

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Sausage in a bowl with a spoon garnished with cilantro


Pinto beans are extremely nutritious. They’re an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. As well, they’re rich in antioxidants and aid in blood-sugar regulation.

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Sausage are simple to make with incredible flavor. These beans slow-cooked all day for some delicious comfort food.


  • 24-hour method: Place the dried beans in a large bowl and cover them with cold water. Allow to soak for 24 hours. Drain and rinse the beans before proceeding.
  • Quick method: (I prefer the 24-hour method. It seems as if the beans get softer.) Add beans to a large pot and cover with hot water. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover the pot, and allow the beans to sit in the hot water for one hour. Drain the beans and rinse them with cold water before proceeding with the recipe.
  • Instant Pot: If you forgot to soak the beans and really don’t want to wait you can 1. use canned beans 2. use an Instant Pot pressure cooker. I don’t have an Instant Pot but I found this cooking time guide for you.

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Sausage are simple to make with incredible flavor. These beans slow-cooked all day for some delicious comfort food.


  1. You can use any kind of sausage as well as ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken.
  2. Also, you can add bacon if you wish. You can add as much or little bacon as you want. I would add 1/4 pound, cooked then crumbled and added for the last hour.
  3. Furthermore, you can omit the meat altogether.
  4. You can add more chili powder if you desire. I didn’t want them to taste like chili and used 1 teaspoon.
  5. If you like spicy, you can add chopped jalapeno or ground cayenne pepper.

Cooked beans and sausage in a slow cooker

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Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Sausage in a bowl

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Sausage are simple to make with incredible flavor. These beans slow-cooked all day for some delicious comfort food.

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Sausage

Pinto beans are easy to make in the slow cooker with very little hands-on time. This recipe makes a lot and is budget-friendly.
Author: Paula
4.96 from 22 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Servings: 16 servings
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  • 1 pound pinto beans soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon paste
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce chop the peppers, or just adobo sauce.
  • 10 ounces tomatoes with green chiles undrained
  • 6 medium cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin


  • In a skillet, brown your pork sausage and onion and drain.
  • Place the beans, beef, and 6 cups of water in the slow cooker.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir gently.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or low for 8-10 hours. I like to stir the beans a couple of times during the cooking process. It seems the help the beans to cook consistency so that some aren't hard while others are mushy.
  • You can serve these beans with a slotted spoon for a side dish or with a ladle as a soup!


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Today is the third day in a row that we have had Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Sausage, and it tastes better every time! Our weather has cooled a little, and this dish warms the tummy perfectly, although I did tame the “heat” a little. I didn’t have the peppers in adobo sauce, and so used a small amount of chili paste instead. We served it as soup, with grated cheese and sour cream, and teamed it with cornbread. Yum!!
    Thank you so much for another great recipe!!

    1. Thank you so much, I’m happy you enjoy them. I love that they’re so easy to make too. Plus I agree with them getting better after sitting.

  2. 5 stars
    We always have a pot of beans in our house. That being said this is my go to beans minus the chipotle.
    1/4 pack of browned crispy bacon crumbled. cumin, chili powder and 1/4 cup of the juice from the Pickled Jalapeno’s can with 2 in the pot to cook with the beans. You can use these for refried Beans or just as they are. Also great for small dish and corn chips when you have company.

  3. 4 stars
    I ahvae made this in many variations.
    Use chorizo. I use spicey chorizo. I’ve used it alone and with ground beef, So chorizo and GB.
    I’ve added corn. cilantro as well, More onion that one small one. Used diced ortega green chilis. Once i threw in taco seasoning. I’ve added a can of black beans.
    For a soup i’ve added diced potatoes. More Rotel.
    I’ve topped with cheese, or tortilla chips, green onions and or sour cream. Always make a BIG batch so i can freeze and pull out at anytime.

  4. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe. I used Linked sausage and made rice to put the beans over. They were really good!
    Love my crock pot.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this today for the first time in my crockpot. I used Italian ground sausage and I added also a ham hock. It turned out to be delicious. All of my family members enjoyed it! I will definitely make this again. Thank you much for the recipe.

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  7. Queestion: what type of pork sausage do you recommend? There’s so many flavors of sausage out there and I’m not certain which might work best.
    I have smoked pork sausage links handy. Will those do?

  8. 5 stars
    This is like a warm hug on a cold winters day. I used chicken sausage because it is what I had and it was so good!!

  9. 5 stars
    This pinto bean and sausage recipe looks soo good and flavorful! Love the ingredients used!

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