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easy pinto beans recipe

The Best Pinto Beans

perfect for a simple dinner or as a side dish.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 302 kcal
Author carissa


  • 1 ham hock
  • 2 cups of pinto beans
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 11 cups of water
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring the ham hock and water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low.
  2. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Add beans and onion to pot.
  4. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium low.
  5. cook for about 3-4 hours or until beans are soft.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add brown sugar and cook an additional 15 min.
  8. Serve over rice or as is.
Nutrition Facts
The Best Pinto Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 85mg4%
Potassium 1002mg29%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.