Pinto Beans and Ham Hocks


prep 0:45       total 2:30


4 to 6 servings



3 smoked ham hocks
2 lbs. pinto beans, dried and picked over.
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. hot sauce or
to taste
1/2 md. onion, chopped


Boil hamhocks in water on high heat for 45 minutes. Add all seasonings except the hot sauce and the onion. Continue to boil for 20 minutes. Add pinto beans, hot sauce and onion. Boil on medium heat until beans are tender. Drain off the water and serve.

Author's Comments

I have made this recipe many times for cook outs and for hundreds of people at a time. It is a recipe that you can put it on the stove and almost forget about it until it's done. It gives you lots of time to do other things and it taste pretty good too!

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2 Recipe Reviews


seagull2112 reviewed Pinto Beans and Ham Hocks on December 18, 2005

these pintos are killer, the only thing i did to change the recipe was add 1/2 bell pepper and 1/4 tsp. of ground cumin. we ate them up!!! served with a baked chicken, mexican rice, spring salad, sliced avacado and warm corn tortillas. lots of salsa


karen2000 reviewed Pinto Beans and Ham Hocks on September 5, 2006

This is great for a variety of menus - to make it more Mexican. I add Cumin, a couple of whole fresh jalapenos and chopped Cilantro and tada - Mexican!