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Pinto Beans with Smoked Ham Hocks Slow Cooker
This is another recipe using Smoked Ham Hocks. Smoked Ham Hocks are economical and delicious. They’re great to use when making soup, stews or in bean recipes like this one. Another great plus with this recipe, it’s made in the slow cooker. This recipe is comfort food at it’s best. Combining smoked ham hocks and pinto beans together in a crock pot turns them into a sensational and memorable meal.
- 1 pound
pinto beans (soaked overnight directions here: Maple Baked Beans)
- 2 tablespoons
- 1 large
sweet onion, sliced
- 4 cloves
- salt to
- 1/2 teaspoon
freshly ground pepper
- 2 meaty
smoked ham hocks
- 7 cups
water or stock (chicken, pork or vegetable)
- 1/4 teaspoon
garlic powder, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon
red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon
- In a large skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil, onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes.
- Place the onion mixture, ham hocks, beans, water or stock, and remaining seasonings in a 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours. About two hours before the cooking time is completed, remove the ham hocks from the slow cooker and let them cool until they can be handled. Remove and discard the bones, fat and skin from the ham hocks. Chop or shred the meat and return it to the slow cooker, cook until the beans are completely tender.
- Serve with thick slices of thick buttered sourdough bread.