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red beans and beef

Red Beans & Beef

Slow cooker comfort food for a cold day, red beans and ground beef.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 9


  • slow cooker or crock pot
  • skillet


  • 6 cups dried pinto beans
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3-5 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef


  • Sort beans to remove any rocks or ugly beans, any you would not want to eat.
  • Rinse beans well in cold water, then place in a large bowl and cover with water. Place in refrigerator. Allow beans to soak overnight.

Ready to Cook

  • Drain beans and rinse in cold water, place in slow cooker and cover with fresh water.
  • Brown hamburger meat and drain grease. Place in slow cooker.
  • Add onion, 3 T chili powder (or more to taste), garlic powder, and pepper, stir to combine.
  • Cook on high for 8 hours or until tender.

Don't want to soak your beans overnight?

  • If you want to skip the overnight soak, you can place the beans in a stock pot and cover with water. Bring to a rapid boil, remove from heat and cover. Let sit 1 hour.

Stove Top

  • This can be prepared on the stove top as well. Once the beans have soaked (either overnight or by method above) place beans in large pot and cover with clean water. Add onion, chili powder, garlic powder, and pepper and simmer 2 hours. Add beef and cook another 1-2 hours until beans are tender.
Keyword beans, beef, comfort food, crock pot, slow cooker, traditional
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