Recipe: Pintos with Kick

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on June 3, 2011

Want a delicious way to cook your beans? These Pintos with a kick are it!

Thick and flavorful with just enough heat to keep it interesting.  Although Buddy barely touches them (he isn’t fond of beans)Princess, Yankee Bill and I will dive into a pot with gusto.  Add some cooked greens and a pan of corn bread and you’ve got a southern feast!

Pintos with Kick


  • 6 C Water
  • 2 chicken bullion cubes
  • approx 1/2 lb left over ham (or a meaty ham bone)
  • 2 C pinto beans (soaked overnight)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 TBS Chili powder
  • 1 TBS Sugar
  • 2 1/2 TBS Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 sm can diced green peppers


  • In a large pot combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and cook for 4 hours or until tender.
  • Variations:
  • Combine all ingredients and cook in a crockpot for 6-8 hours.
  • Use ham, beef or vegetable bullion instead of chicken.
  • Use sausage, bacon or pork instead of the ham-or leave it out all together.
  • Subsitute another mild bean such as great northern for the pintos.
  • Use Honey instead of Maple Syrup.
  • Combine all the sweeteners in any way you like as long as they equal about 3 1/2 tbs
  • Like kick? Increase the chili powder, use a real jalenpeno pepper instead of the mild canned, or add a dash of tabasco.
  • Increase your veggies by adding a 1/2 C chopped celery, and/or a drained can of stewed/diced tomatoes
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Amyrlin June 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Yummy! I love pinto beans. I never thought to try them with a sweetning agent (maple syrup or honey). I love refried beans, in fact I cannot eat them out of a can, I have to make my own (I am picky over beans LOL!). I agree with you and your family dive in!
Buddy may grow to like them later on, my daughter only recently stated loving my almighty bean dishes :) .


Erika June 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

Sounds like a good crockpot recipe! I’m trying to get over my fear of dried beans…I know how frugal they are but I can’t seem to cook them properly. :(


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