Easy Crock Pot Beans And Ham Hocks

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Easy Crock Pot Beans And Ham Hocks
Servings:
4
Ready In:
8 hours 10 minutes
Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
In Chef Review
Wait Time:
8 hours
Spiciness:
0/5

Ingredients

  • 1 (cup) pinto beans, sorted and soaked overnight
  • 2 ham hocks
  • 1 (whole) bay leaf
  • 2 (cup) Water

Directions

  1. Sort beans and soak overnight. Drain beans and place in crock pot with ham hocks and bay leaf. Cover with water. Cook 8 hours on high. No need to season because ham hocks give dish flavor.

Nutrition Information

This nutrition information is an estimate only. We use software to calculate the nutritional analysis from the individual ingredients in each recipe. While we do our best to ensure accuracy, we make no representation or warranty regarding the information, and there can be no assurance that any of the information contained therein has not been, or will not be changed or altered.

amount per serving
Calories
52
Total Fat
2g
Saturated Fat
1g
Cholesterol
10mg
Sodium
129mg
Carbohydrate
5g
Dietary Fiber
2g
Sugars
0g
Protein
4g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
3%
Potassium
38mg

Comments

  • Herb
    Herb 358841

    I don't think you have to COO these beans and hocks for 8 hrs that seems a little ridículous.

    over 2 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 560183

    If you do it in a crock pot, you will. That's just how they work.

    over 2 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 1313316

    that is why they call it a slow cooker. Do it on the stove and it won't take as long.

    about 1 year ago
  • Donna (Food on the Table)
    Donna (Food on the Table) 86758

    In all seriousness, Herb, things do happen differently in crock pots than on the stove top. If you were to do this dish, say, in a Dutch oven on the stove top, you would definitely want to know how to season it properly (and when to season) I'm sure one of our chefs would be glad to comment on this.

    about 1 year ago
  • Chef Heather (Food on the Table)
    Chef Heather (Food on the Table) 25081

    All, I highly recommend soaking your beans for at least 6-8 hours (or according to package/recipe directions) before using; no matter what cooking method you choose. Altitude, humidity, freshness and the variety of beans can all effect the overall outcome of cooked beans. Soaking the beans prior to cooking, will yield the best and most consistent results. For more information, check out these additional discussions regarding cooking with dried beans: (http://www.foodonthetable.com/discussions/288-once-you-soak-beans-can-you-freeze-half-to-cook-later-also-do-you-have-to-cook-them-after-presoak-to-use-in-a-salad) AND (http://www.foodonthetable.com/discussions/219-why-can-t-i-get-beans-right-in-the-crock-pot-are-beans-possible)

    about 1 year ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 199787

    I make beans in the slow cooker because they can cook while I am at work, but they are never soft after 8 hours. Probably becasue I cook them on low while I am away. Will they burn if I leave them unattended, on high, while I am away at work?

    about 1 year ago
  • Donna (Food on the Table)
    Donna (Food on the Table) 86758

    I'm sure one of our chefs will weigh in on this, but if it were me, I don't think I'd leave them on high for that long. The first thing that occurred to me, though, was to ask if you're salting the beans when you put them in to cook. If you are, that could explain the problem, because when added up front, salt will toughen the skin of the beans. Let us know, okay, so we can help you figure it out!

    about 1 year ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 199787

    I do not add salt, just the ham hock and bay leaf...and sometimes broth instead of water. When I return from work I turn them on high and they soften eventually. But they have usually been cooking 10 plus hours at that point.

    about 1 year ago
  • Chef Leslie (Food on the Table)
    Chef Leslie (Food on the Table) 141524

    @Anonymous, I wouldn't leave them on high without supervision as they could easily scorch on the bottom of the pan. If they scorched, it could add a burnt flavor to the finished product. If you soak them overnight, then place them in the slow cooker and cook them on low for 8 hours, they should be soft. You can also do a fast soak to soften up dried beans. To fast soak dried beans you should place the dried beans in a saucepan of water. Put the saucepan of beans on heat and boil them for two to five minutes. Once the dried beans have boiled take them off of the heat. Cover up the saucepan of dried beans with a lid and let the dried beans soak in the hot water for an hour. After the beans have been soaking in the hot water for an hour they will be ready to cook as your recipe calls for.

    about 1 year ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 199787

    Thank you for the tips! I will try your suggestions.

    about 1 year ago
  • Chef Leslie (Food on the Table)
    Chef Leslie (Food on the Table) 141524

    You're welcome.

    about 1 year ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 1455696

    I was turned onto Great Northern Beans which are in a jar and require no soaking. If your gone @ work all day and cook them on low they give great flavor and are soft. :)

    about 1 year ago
  • Amy
    Amy 1772198

    Im using navy beans, with lots of carrots, celery and onion, add in thyme and rosemary, you can also mix in or even cook the beans in a vegetable stock adding in even more delicious flavor!!

    about 1 year ago
  • Weezy
    Weezy 1208847

    No matter which kind of beans I am fixing,I soak,before I put in the crockpot(sometimes,I soak over night,but also,I do the quick soak).I have never had any trouble with my beans.I do not cook them on high,and they usually take about 6 to 8 hours,to cook.I also salt the beans,when I have about 1 hour left to cook.I could go on and on,but I won't.LOL

    about 1 year ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 1580628

    I could only find smoked ham hocks. It gave the beans a good smoky flavor. It fed 2 of us well. I think it needs more beans to stretch to 4 servings.

    about 1 year ago
  • Weezy
    Weezy 1208847

    May I ask,how many beans are you cooking? I cook at least 2 cups of beans,and I get enough beans to have at least a whole crock pot full.That feeds more than 4 servings,way more.In fact,when it comes to Lima beans,my hubby eats so much,that I have to take away the bowl they are in,cause he ends up with a tummy ache,from eating too much.

    about 1 year ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 1580628

    I used 1 cup a the recipe stated. I'll use 2 cups next time.

    about 1 year ago
  • Chris
    Chris 2235421

    What if I don't have a bay leaf? is there a substitute?

    2 months ago