Crock-Pot Basic Beans

Crock-Pot Basic Beans

Crock-Pot Basic Beans

Ahhh beans, the magical fruit. The more you eat them, the more you….well you know the rest right?

This recipe is my go-to recipe for Crock-Pot Basic Beans, dried beans are so frugal and really they could not be any easier. Some folks like to soak their beans before they cook them but I usually don’t. Unless you are cooking Kidney beans I don’t really see the need to soak before cooking.

However, Kidney beans contain something in them that is toxic and requires them to be soaked before cooking.

But any other bean…pinto beans, butter beans, black beans, you name it they all can be cooked with this method.

The recipe starts with some dried beans of your choice. Sort your beans before starting to remove any beans that are shriveled or just weird looking and look for any stones. Yes, your bags of dried beans may contain small rocks and stones that were not sorted out in the sorting process at the bean factory.

My step grandma Ruth cooked pinto beans just about every day she was alive and I actually have pretty fond memories of my sister Melissa and I sitting at the table sorting through a 25 lb bag of pinto beans. It may have seemed like a lot of work but we made the most of it gabbing and chattering as small girls often do. And when we were done Grandma Lopez would reward us with a hot tortilla smeared with honey butter as a treat.

Good times!

And buying beans in bulk is the way to go to save you some serious cash!

So once your beans are all sorted, give them a quick rinse in a colander with some cold water and dump them into a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker and cover them with water by about 3 inches.

I like to add a tablespoon or two or three of garlic (we love garlic) and some salt and pepper to my beans to add some flavor. Beans cooked plain are OK but they can be rather bland. Up to you if you want to include those things or not but I recommend you do for some tasty beans.

Then cover your crock-pot and turn it on low and let it cook a good 8 to 10 hours until you beans are tender.

Once they are cooked you can then use them in any recipe that calls for cooked or canned beans. And what I like to do is toss my beans into some freezer containers, give then a label (I use masking tape and a Sharpie pen) and pop them into the freezer. Then when I need beans for something like burritos or chili I have them ready to go. A quick zap in the microwave thaws them out.

This recipe really is a cornerstone type recipe because you can use your cooked beans in so many ways and it is the epitome of being frugal.

Crock-Pot Basic Beans
Crock-Pot Basic Beans
Cook up dried beans in your crock-pot instead of purchasing canned bean. Pre-cooked beans can be frozen instead for easy meal preparation.
Crock-Pot Basic Beans
Cook up dried beans in your crock-pot instead of purchasing canned bean. Pre-cooked beans can be frozen instead for easy meal preparation.
Crock-Pot Basic Beans
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Servings 8 - 10Servings
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 8hours
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Servings 8 - 10Servings
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 8hours
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  1. Add all ingredients to crock-pot.
  2. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or until beans are done.
  3. Use as you would canned beans in any recipe. Freeze extras in freezer containers for up to 6 months with cooking liquid.
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    • says

      Thanks Andrea for stopping by! I am really enjoying your blog as well. Tons of great info. I have black beans cooking in my crock-pot today using this recipe.

  1. says

    I just found you – through a link at frugally sustainable- and I love my crock pot so i will be lurking here awhile
    Just a question- could I do this with garbonzo beans as well?

  2. says

    Hi Nicci, thanks for dropping by, lurk all you want! This totally works for Garbanzo Beans (AKA Chickpeas) I cook them all the time to make my own homemade hummus.

  3. Alexandra says

    I have some left over ham from dinner and was wondering if you could put it in the crook pot with the beans for some extra flavor?

    • Lady Katie says

      I would. The beans would make it more of a full meal. Either slices or even chunks of the ham added to the Beans would be flavorful. Add a side of cornbread!

  4. suem says

    Just wanted to share that you can dehydrate the beans also and they keep for a few years… Awesome option to freezing!! YOu can save in a food saver bag or store in canning jars and use food saver attachment to take oxygen from jar and they store for quite a few years

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