Pinto Beans Recipe – Slow cooked southern pinto beans that are a traditional favorite! Includes stovetop, slow cooker and pressure cooker instructions! Freezer friendly!

Pinto Beans Recipe - Slow cooked southern pinto beans that are a traditional favorite! Includes stove top, slow cooker and pressure cooker instructions! //

Around my house growing up, pinto beans and cornbread were well-loved additions to any meal or sometimes were the entire meal themselves.

It was one of my Granddaddy Eual’s favorite meal, which may explain why it made such a regular appearance at our table. And my Granddaddy was one of the sweetest men in the world and someone that I, even as mischievous as I was as a youngster, looked up to and revered. So, if Granddaddy loved pinto beans, you better bet that I ate them with gusto, too!

And one thing that he was known for was telling silly jokes and his love of a good Southernism.

Pinto Beans Recipe - Slow cooked southern pinto beans that are a traditional favorite! Includes stove top, slow cooker and pressure cooker instructions! //

A mechanic by trade, Granddaddy would tickle you to death telling a story. He’d get right to the funniest part of the story and then start laughing so hard that it would take forever (it seemed) until he could compose himself enough to finish the story. Of course, we all would laugh along with him because he was laughing so hard would make you laugh just as hard. Goodness, I sure do miss him.

A few years back, when I first wrote this post, Sam looked at me one morning and said, “Mama, it looks like it’s gonna come up a cloud.”

All I could think of was, “Praise the Lord, I’m raising a Southerner!”

Grandaddy (and my daddy) would be so proud to know his only grandson knew what the term “come up a cloud” meant and used it correctly in a sentence.

It made me start thinking of other “Southernisms” and giggling over them as Little Buddy and I shared some of our favorites. So I thought it would fun for us to share our favorite “Southernisms” with each other, too. Who knows, we may each learn a few new ones or it may jog our memories of some old-time family favorites that we haven’t thought of in a long while.

And since we’re talking about Southernisms, I couldn’t think of anything that goes with them than Granddaddy’s favorite pinto bean supper!

A big bowl of pinto beans, a piece of cornbread, and a glass of “sweet milk” was one of my Granddaddy’s favorite suppers. He’d actually request it on a regular basis for him. She’d wash the beans two or three times and then let them soak all night long. The next morning, she’d rinse them one last time and start them cooking over low heat on her stove. She’d pull a ham bone from the freezer where she’d cooked a ham last and nestle it down into the pinto beans to make those beans even more delicious.

Her pinto beans would cook all day on the stove with her checking on them ever so often to make sure they didn’t run out of water as they cooked down in her big pot.

Even though I love to cook them all day on the stove, I also love tossing them into my slow cooker and forgetting about them until supper time. But, I have included Grandmother’s stovetop method as well as an electric pressure cooker method! It makes for a win-win that I bet both my Grandmother and Granddaddy would have loved!

How to Freeze Pinto Beans

Once cooked, allow them to cool completely. Portion the beans into freezer-safe containers. Remove as much air as possible, label and freeze up to 3 months.

To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, reheat and serve.

Pinto Beans Recipe - Slow cooked southern pinto beans that are a traditional favorite! Includes stove top, slow cooker and pressure cooker instructions! //

Here’s my Pinto Bean Recipe. I hope you love them as much as we always do!

Pinto Beans Recipe - Slow cooked southern pinto beans that are a traditional favorite! Includes stove top, slow cooker and pressure cooker instructions! //

Pinto Bean Supper and Favorite Southernisms

Pinto Beans Recipe – Slow cooked southern pinto beans that are a traditional favorite! Includes stove top, slow cooker and pressure cooker instructions!
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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 6
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans picked over and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 ham bone or 1/2 pound cooked bacon


Slow Cooker Pinto Beans Recipe:

  • Add the dried beans to all large stockpot and allow to soak overnight. Drain the dried beans and pour into crock of slow cooker. Add in all other ingredients and combine well. Add water until the beans are fully covered.
  • Cook the pinto beans on high until beans are tender, about 5 hours.

Stovetop Pinto Beans Recipe:

  • Add the dried beans to all large stockpot and allow to soak overnight. Drain the dried beans and add in all other ingredients and combine well. Add water until the beans are fully covered.
  • Bring the beans to a boil over high heat and boil for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to low and allow the pinto beans to simmer until they tender when pressed against the side of the stockpot with a wooden spoon, 2 to 3 hours. Add water to the beans as needed.

Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans Recipe:

  • Add the dried beans, as well as all of the remaining ingredients, to a 6-quart pressure cooker. Add water until the beans are fully covered, taking care not to fill the pressure cooker more than half full of water.
  • Seal the pressure cooker and cook the beans under high pressure for 30 minutes. Use either the “quick release” method or the natural release method with your pressure cooker. The quick release method will quickly release the pressure from your pressure cooker so that you may remove the lid. The natural release method releases the pressure more slowly, but allows the beans to continue cooking a bit longer and are somewhat more tender.
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Add a dash of pepper sauce to these and you’ve got yourself a delicious meal!

Robyn xo

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2011. Updated to include pressure cooker and stovetop instructions.

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  1. The beans look awesome! I’m in the southwest now after living in Arkansas 34 years of my life. Every once in a while if someone is being particularly needy I’ll say “I didn’t take you to raise”. It usually gets me a blank look.

  2. Well you can’t forget “I ain’t seen you in a month of Sundays!”
    or someone who “don’t shoot a bad stick”
    and of course “fair to meddlin’ ” if you are just doing alright.

    Love the pinto beans! I ate them all the time as a kid with a little slice of onion on the side!

  3. “When he was only knee high to a grasshopper” is one of my favorites from my mom. haha, some people would stop and ask her to repeat herself! The beans sound yummy, and a good entry to my first dried bean recipe.

  4. How about “Don’t put your eggs all in one basket” or “Spill it” when you want the truth? UGH… there was another one but it slipped my mind. Will have to come back when it returns to my sleep-deprived brain!

    1. I knew if I posted that comment I would think of it!

      “Eating high on the hog” when you have a great meal. LOL

  5. My Pawpaw’s best line ..”useless as teets on a boar hog”- I think you get the meaning!
    Beans and corn bread! the best meal on a cold rainy day.

  6. I’ve been told “better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick” is a Southernism. My parents say that phrase ALL the time :). My mom says “the good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise” too! I find it amusing that my parents use Southerisms, but we haven’t had family raised in the South in generations.

  7. O.k. not sure if they’re “Southernisms” but they are frequently used in my family…

    •feel like a deer on roller skates (I came up with that one b/c it’s how I feel most of the time)
    • It’s hotter than a hoot owl in heat (did I just say that *out loud*? My daddy is responsible for that one)
    •not the sharpest tool in the shed
    •not cooking on all four burners (another one that I frequently use)

    Can’t think of anymore at the moment. Such a cute post Robyn!!

  8. You did a pretty good job of covering Southern sayings. My husband is from Wisconsin and the things he gets on to me about the most are:

    – Fixin’ to (He used to try to get my mom on his side because she taught school, but that stopped after she told him she is always fixin’ to do something :))
    – Putting something up. Example, I hand him a dish in the kitchen and ask him to put it up (in the cabinet). He wants me to say to put it away.
    – Pushing the door to (to where?)

  9. Love these! I’m born & bred Texan, so I totally get these & they made me smile this morning! My mom made beans & cornbread yesterday to top it off. My grandfather used to say “it’s so good it’ll make you slap your grandma”. My grandmother would always say “horsefeathers” when she was mad, lol. There’s the popular “whatever floats your boat”. Hmmm…I’m quite sure I’m forgetting some!

    1. My brother-in-law says “it’s so good it’ll make you slap your grandma” all the time! My Mother isn’t so sure she likes that saying now that she’s a grandmother. 🙂

  10. Great looking beans & cornbread…yuuuuummmmm! How about – “Same old, same old” – or “The road to hell is paved with good intentions & I’m slidin on in”.

  11. I use a lot of these already on here all the time…of course, I do live in Texas! Lol
    Here are a few more:
    -knee-high to a short pup
    -ugly as a mud fence
    -dumb as a box of rocks
    -snatch you bald-headed (often used by a grandmother warning a child)
    -handy as a pocket on a shirt
    -hotter than a pot of collards
    -d’rectly (as in, I’ll be there directly, meaning soon)

    Makes me laugh thinking of these!

    1. Oh these are great ones, Angie!!! I’ve not heard “hotter than a pot of collards” before, but “d’rectly” is a family favorite! 🙂

  12. Wow, you’ve covered so many sayings, I can’t think of any. But I am sure in an hour or two one will slip out. They come so natural don’t they? My most frequented saying though is “Lord help us.” or “Lord help us all” and I know they go on and on, the more comfortable I am around friends family, the more they flow. Unfortunately my son seems to be taking after Daddy. He won’t even call me Mama, I just get no your mommy! 🙁

  13. I’m a Texan and one that I use quite often is the word “tump”. It means to turn over and dump out, as in “y’all be careful runnin around in here, you’re gonna tump that bucket!…or, be careful and don’t tump that. My husband, from California, is appalled quite regularly at some of the things that come out of my mouth.

  14. My personal favorite is “bless your heart” aka ” you’re so stupid.” Only southerners can insult a person with charm at the same time! My grandmother’s favorite was always “praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition.” 🙂

    1. “Bless your heart” or “bless her heart” can actually have a good meaning, too. But usually it follows something like, “I heard they ate supper before they said grace. Bless their hearts.” Therefore, it totally cancels out that you may have said something negative. Not that I know about that or anything. I just hear these things. LOL!!!!

  15. All of these are so familiar being a Texan born and raised as well. I was going to add the “tumped over” one, but it’s been added. The only other one that hasn’t been said is, If I tell you a piss ant can pull a freight train, you better back it up!” Meaning you better believe what I say and do it. 🙂

  16. pitch a hissy fit !

    he needs that like a dog needs a hip pocket

    she/he looks like he fell out of an ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down

    looks like he’s been beat with an ugly stick

    I’m gonna jerk a knot in his tail

  17. The beans and cornbread look delicious!

    “Tump” is used in a very small portion of the south, I’ve found. Definitely in Arkansas where I grew up. Some of my friends in TX and LA have heard/used it. I went to college in Mississippi and most people there didn’t use it. It’s a combination of “tip” and “dump.” It’s fun to find little words like that that are so rare! Here in Louisiana, we say “slap your mama” instead of “slap your grandma.” My kids love to say that to see if it gets a reaction from me. We also love to say “bless your little cotton socks” or “bless your buttons.” Those are fun 🙂

  18. Oh my gosh, after I left my early comment I realized that I had forgotten the one I probably use most! When a cooked item is really good, it’s so good it’ll ” make your tongue slap your eyeballs out”! Lol. What I love about Southernisms is how descriptive they are.

  19. I really enjoyed the time I spent here. This is my first visit to your blog, but having browsed through your earlier entries can definitely tell you I’ll be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  20. I’ve been looking for a good (and simple) pinto bean recipe and this one is perfect. Love the Southern sayings. I’m a TX girl, married to a military man, and living in Southern CA. I still use y’all, and head’s always turn when it comes out of my mouth. No shame here. I’m an TX girl at heart. 🙂

  21. Another would be using the the word “mash” instead of “press”. Such as telling someone to mash the button on the microwave instead of press the button on the microwave.

    There is also another one where people would use the term “cotton pickin”.
    To say different things such as: “My brother gets on my cotton pickin nerves”, etc.

  22. If we were fixin’ to get in trouble, Mama would threaten to “dust our cushions.” If she followed through, she would tell us to “straighten up your face.” I always wondered how crooked mine was! We were also told “it’ll never be seen on a galloping horse, and that’s the kind you ride.” Other sayings from my Grandma- “She who cooks and takes a sample, courts a figure that is ample.” And when I married and moved from the big city to a cattle farm, I think of this one of hers often – “A fly killed in May is worth a load of hay. A fly killed in June is worth a silver spoon. A fly killed in July, isn’t worth a fly.”

  23. My Mom’s family always said; “Good night nurse!” and if someone just couldn’t sit still; so and so was acting “like a maggot on a hot rock” and “come here so I can hug your neck”
    Beans look like my mama’s…bless her heart.

  24. Being raised in Arkansas, I use the phrases “tump” (to turn over & dump out) and “fixin to” all the time. Others that I’ve heard some of the “old-timers” around here use are “y’uns” (all of you), “poke” (paper sack), “ain’t they?” (for isn’t there?), “can you carry me to the store?” (can you drive me to the store), “a mess of greens”, “looky yonder” (look over there).

  25. I used to hear my family say “don’t get above your raising” a lot during the 60’s.
    People were “gob-smacked” a lot where I came from …and my Grandmother was convinced that when someone was smiling for no reason…”that one is up to no good”.
    Purty as a speckled pup…happy as a pig in a corn patch…cross as a Billy Goat…she’s a long tall drink…in a blink…go pick a hickory switch….sit a reckon…near dark…about time…now then…give me some sugar…honey, you ain’t changed a bit.(I love that one)…on a lark…so many more!!! I still love going home and listening to my family bantering back and forth. When I have a phone conversation with someone back home my own family knows immediately because it all comes back and I am “in the thick of it” for the next day or so.
    I have Pinto bean recipe that I make for my family and we all love it…with cornbread of course!

  26. My mother used to say “why buy a cow if you can get the milk free,” “busier than a cat on a hot tin roof,” “their elevator don’t go to the top floor,” and I know more but this old mind is drawing a blank. I use my left over pinto beans in a pot of chili. Never waste anything. Oh yes, “waste not, want not.” And “shut the door, were you raised in a barn?”

  27. If you’ve “got your squirrels all up one tree”, it means you are doing well.

    The housekeeper would warm me not to make a mess by saying, “It’ll be between you and me and mainly me.”

    My grandmother would say “p’shaw!”

    My father’s different type of comment was “you can fall in a bucket of s–t and come out smelling like a rose”, meaning you are chosen and are always going to do well.

    1. Wow. I realize this is an old post, and I was going to add a few of my families most used terms, and thought “naw” (as in “no”), but then I read yours and saw that your grandmother said “p’shaw”. I swear I thought my grandmother was the only Southern woman that ever said that! She was a deeply Christian woman, and I never ever heard her say a curse word, but “p’shaw” dropped on the regular! what a sweet memory. And I love this recipe for beans. I’ve been making them for years ON THE STOVE, and started making them just last year in the slow cooker. Duh. love it.

  28. Stumbled upon your blog via your Pinto Bean recipe, but I’m drawn right in by all this cozy chatter. I’m fixin’ to print off this list for my fridge! Haha, I’m from New England, but married a country boy, and we’re now living log cabin style in Maryland.

    Beans are in the pot, off to print, and I’ll be back. Love your blog!


  29. “Boy, I’m gonna slap a fart outa you that’ll whistle like a freight train” my son would “giggle like a girl” when his Papa would say this.

  30. Oh my, I do love pinto beans! I believe I need to put some on the stove right now. My mouth is watering already!

    As for southernisms – I am a southeastern Virginia girl, raised by Virginia and North Carolina mountain folk. Previous comments have covered a great many of the sayings of my youth, but there are a few that I particularly love. “Bless your heart” is the classic one – and just try to convince a yankee that it isn’t something sweet! I think those people just weren’t raised right, bless their hearts.

    We always had sweet tea, (ever tried to order that in a west coast restaurant?) sweet milk, and light bread. “Can’t dance and it’s too wet to plow” meant “might as well…,”
    “over yonder,” “up the road a piece,” “can you carry me to the store,” and “she ain’t no better than she ought to be,” meaning that you can’t expect anything more from somebody with her background. We also had lots of nicknames; Bitty Sue, Little Bo, Sissy (for sister), Bubba (for brother), etc.

    This just took me on a trip down memory lane! Thanks – now I’m off to start my beans!

  31. I saw this and “had to put my two cents worth in” lol. Momma used to tell us she’d “slap us where the sun don’t shine”. Dad used to say, “The more you stir in s—, the worse it stinks.” “Don’t count your chickens before your eggs hatch” or “putting the cart before the horse.” Mercy, I could go on and on, but I’d best to shut up. Love the recipe; we eat this often. Have a great evening, Becky

    1. Has anyone heard the expression “lay rolls catch meddlers”? My grandmother from Mississippi would use it but its meaning has been a lifelong mystery for me…the context seemed to imply “you get what you deserve”


  32. I’m having a good laugh, before I start to soak my beans!!
    “Full” or “Tight as a Tick”. “Run like a scalded dog”. “Bear Caught”-sun stroke.

  33. I read through & nobody mentioned my personal favorite that came to me from my wonderful Texan friend. He asked: ” You ready to get coffee’d up?” Yes, I’d love some please!

    Love the beans, I always soak & rinse several times, never have the bad side effects that can come with bean suppers~

  34. Wow, these brought a smile to my face! I was raised country and now I live up North… My husband who is from NY, loves to hear my Mama tell him that “she is gonna slap the dog outta him!” Or “slap the snot outta him” My daddy used to say [email protected]&t fire and save matches! It took me awhile to figure that one out. There was another one, haven’t heard it in a long time, something about no sense in mowing the yard, if you can’t find the tractor? I really ain’t sure how that one goes, ya’ll.
    Enjoyed the memories these sayins brought back, Thank you

  35. Made these beans yesterday, delicious! Crock pot was so easy, didn’t have to worry about boiling over as I usually do on the stove.

    “Fixin’ to” is one of my favorite southern isms…I’m fixin to eat me some beans! 🙂

  36. “Bless your heart” is always followed by “Aren’t you just precious?” or “Isn’t she/he precious?” That could go in either direction. 😀
    I grew up eating pintos every Tuesday, cooked with “fatback.” I make mine without fatback now. My favorite was when Mama fried taters with onions and made her homemade biscuits. Eatin pintos tonight. Yum!

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