Slow Cooked Smoky Beans

A chipotle pepper, onion and garlic add additional flavor to these slow-cooked smoky pinto beans.
4.50 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Comfort Food, New Mexican
Servings 12 8 oz.
Calories 309 kcal


  • 3 cups pinto beans cleansed and washed
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • ½ tsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • quarts water heated to a boil
  • 1 chipotle chile pod stem and seeds removed and washed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 dz. BUENO® GRANDMA’S® Tortillas


  • Place beans in a 5 ½ -6 quart slow cooker.
    3 cups pinto beans
  • Spray 10 inch skillet with olive oil cooking spray.
    olive oil cooking spray
  • Add olive oil and heat skillet to medium heat.
    ½ tsp. olive oil
  • Sauté onion, stirring as needed for 5 minutes.
    1 medium onion
  • Add garlic and continue to sauté both onion and garlic for 10 minutes. (The lower heat will prevent burning and allow longer sauté time.)
    3 garlic cloves
  • Spoon onion and garlic into slow cooker.
  • Pour heated water into slow cooker. (The heated water gives the dish a head start in cooking. If preferred, use cold or hot tap water. Remember, if additional water is needed once beans have started cooking, heated water is necessary to prevent discoloring of beans.)
    2½ quarts water
  • Add chipotle chile pod.
    1 chipotle chile pod
  • Cover slow cooker; turn heat to high setting and cook for 8 hours. Add heated water if beans lose too much water. Beans may be ready in as little as 5 hours. Taste test as needed. Longer cooking time adds flavor.
  • Toward end of cooking cycle, add salt and stir.
    ½ tsp. salt
  • If thicker consistency is desired, puree 1 cup of beans and stir into slow cooker.
  • Remove chipotle chile pod. Discard or use as desired.
  • Serve with warm tortillas. Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for later use.
    1 dz. BUENO® GRANDMA’S® Tortillas


Calories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 14gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 438mgPotassium: 764mgFiber: 9gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 0.3IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 4mg
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