Texas Slow Cooker Beans

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Beans, Beans the magical fruit….the more you eat the more you… While this saying is pretty true – it doesn’t make beans any less yummy. And these Texas Slow Cooker Beans are just that – YUMMY! They have a great Tex-Mex sort of flavor with just a little kick from the jalapenos. And I really love being able to make the side dish in the slow cooker when I’m cooking.

Texas Slow Cooker Beans

Yes, these beans do take a little extra planning because you have soak the dried beans over night. You could probably get away with using canned pinto beans, but you will not develop as much flavor as you get from soaking the dried beans in beef broth. I always like to use broth in place of water to allow for another layer of flavor. I buy broth (beef and chicken) by the case in quart sized container just so that I always have it on hand.

Texas Slow Cooker Beans

I served this with my Cherry Bourbon Grilled Pork Chops when I made it. Add a little of the cherry bourbon bbq sauce to the beans for another layer of flavor and your taste buds will be dancing! You could really serve these Beans with any sort of grilled or BBQ meats. They would be awesome for a potluck or a backyard BBQ too.

Cherry Bourbon Grilled Pork Chops

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Texas Slow Cooker Beans

They may take a long time but they taste so dang good!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Keyword bacon, beans, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Soaking Time 8 hours
Servings 6



  • 1 lb Dried Pinto Beans
  • 1 qt Beef Broth
  • 1 lb Thick-Cut Bacon cut into 1-in pieces
  • 1 Yellow Onion diced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 bunch Cilantro chopped


  • The night before add beans and broth to slow cooker to soak overnight. (at least 8 hours).
  • Add bacon, onions, garlic, cumin and chili powder to slow cooker. Secure lid and cook on low for 7½ hours.
  • Add half of cilantro to beans and re-secure lid for remaining 30 minutes of cooking.
  • Serve with sprinkle of remaining cilantro.

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4 thoughts on “Texas Slow Cooker Beans

  1. Astrid – I am a woman in my thirties. I was born prematurely. Because of this, I live with various disabilities, including blindness and autism. I live in a long-term care facility in Raalte, Netherlands. My husband lives in Lobith, a town about a ninety-minute drive away from Raalte. I blog about mental health, autism, disability in general, faith and life in general.
    Astrid says:

    This sounds delicious! I really love beans. Too bad I don’t have a slow cooker.

  2. I’m running behind!! Thanks so much for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party last week. Hope to see you there this week too!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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