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Pinto Bean Soup Recipe

This is an easy pinto bean soup recipe that can be made in the crockpot, on the stove top or even in the oven.  Your family will go wild over it!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pinto bean soup recipe, pinto bean soup
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker


  • 1 onion minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 stalk celery cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb pork sausage
  • 1 15.5 oz Pinto Beans Can
  • 1 14.5 oz Diced Tomatoes Can fire roasted garlic are especially good
  • 1 10 oz Rotell Tomato and Green Chilis use hot if you like a hotter soup
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp if regular table salt
  • 1 tsp black ground pepper
  • 1 4.5 oz chopped green chillis
  • 4 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp chicken stock concentrate 4 bouillon cubes if you don't have concentrate
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Brown the onions, garlic and celery in 2 tbs vegetable oil over medium heat in a skillet. When soft (in about 3-4 minutes) add the ground hamburger and the ground pork sausage to the onion mix and cook over medium heat till browned (another 3-4 mins)
  • Add the hamburger and onions mix to a crockpot and then add everything else to the crockpot and stir well.
  • Cook in the crockpot on low heat for 8 hours or high heat for 4 hours.


  • Serve with sour cream, shredded sharp cheddar cheese and corn chips or serve over pasta or rice. Add garlic salt if needed. Garnish with chives. You can also cook on the stove top in a large sauce pot - heat over medium heat until heated through. (an hour)
  • If you prefer not to use Pinto beans then cannellini or navy beans work great.  Kidney beans will also work. 
  • You can substitute brown sugar for the molasses if needed
  • Substitute chicken boullion cubes for the broth concentrate if you need to. 
  • You can substitute chicken or ham for the ground beef. 
  • Another nice way to kick this up is to add crispy bacon either on top or allow it to cook with the soup.  Adds smokiness
  • If you just want smokiness and not the bacon, add a few drops of liquid smoke.  Be careful, that stuff is very strong. 
  • Add an extra can of beans and a 4.5 ounce can of chopped green chilis to expand the recipe and make it go farther.


Calories: 300kcal