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"It's Just My Caddy" Southern Pinto Beans Recipe

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This Southern pinto beans recipe represents comfort food at its finest. Dry pinto beans are slow simmered in a big ole pot along with smoky, thick ham hocks for creamy, hella flavored goodness.

The meaty ham hocks and slow cook give these pinto beans their Southern flavor. It’s a long cook time but requires no effort beyond soaking the beans overnight.

Water, minimal seasonings, and hocks is really all you need. The rest is just all about time. But I threw in a twist by adding some Haitian epis to make things even more interesting.

pinto beans with ham hocks in white bowl

What Is Haitian Epis?

Epis is similar to a sofrito. It’s a pureed mixture of garlic, herbs, and peppers and used as a flavor base in Haitian cooking including soups and stews.

blended haitian epis in a jar

Mood Music

My Uncle Rick was a big dude and he ate big ole gigantic servings of beans would a huge chunk of cornbread. Uncle Rick also drove a big Cadillac so in my mind Cadillacs and Southern pinto beans go together.

Ingredients Needed To Make Southern Pinto Beans 

  • Dry Pinto Beans
  • Water
  • Onion
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Ham Hocks
  • Bay Leaves
  • Thyme
  • Paprika
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Haitian Epis (optional)

How To Make Southern Pinto Beans

Place beans in a large pot of cold water. Remove any floating pebbles and let beans soak overnight.

Saute sliced onions in a heavy bottomed pot for about 2-3 minutes. Season with a quarter of the paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add diced cloves of garlic and the ham hocks for another 30 seconds stirring once. 

Add beans, thyme, bay leaves, and water to the pot along with another ¼ of the spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until beans reach desired tenderness (1 ½ - 2 hours).

Add the epis, increase heat to high cooking uncovered for 20-30 minutes- liquid should be reduced but still broth. Stir as needed.

Serve with a dollop of the remaining epis.

Cooking Considerations and Tips

For a quick soak, bring beans to a boil for 1 minute and then remove from heat. Allow beans to sit an hour prior to cooking.

Smoked turkey is a good substitute for ham hocks if you prefer healthier or just want to avoid pork altogether.

This dish is great without epis, so don’t fret if you don’t have the ingredients to make it.

This recipe works with red beans as well as white beans too.

Taste and adjust seasoning as you go.

pinto beans with ham hocks in white bowl

Other Beans Recipes

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

BBQ Baked Beans

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Vegan Stewed Beans

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pinto beans with ham hocks in white bowl

Southern Pinto Beans

Southern pinto beans recipe featuring soaked dried pinto beans simmered in a large pot with smoky and meaty ham hocks for some serious Southern comfort.
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

  • 11 oz package pinto beans
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 medium onion halved or roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb smoked ham hock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup Haitian Epis

Instructions

  • Place beans in a large pot of cold water. Remove any floating pebbles and let beans soak overnight.
  • Saute sliced onions in a heavy bottomed pot for about 2-3 minutes. Season with a quarter of the paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add diced cloves of garlic and the ham hocks for another 30 seconds stirring once.
  • Add beans, thyme, bay leaves, and water to the pot along with another ¼ of the spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until beans reach desired tenderness (1 ½ - 2 hours).
  • Add the epis, increase heat to high cooking uncovered for 20-30 minutes- liquid should be reduced but still broth. Stir as needed.
  • Serve with a dollop of the remaining epis.

Video

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Notes

For a quick soak, bring beans to a boil for 1 minute and then remove from heat. Allow beans to sit an hour prior to cooking.
Smoked turkey is a good substitute for ham hocks if you prefer healthier or just want to avoid pork altogether.
This dish is great without epis, so don’t fret if you don’t have the ingredients to make it.
This recipe works with red beans as well as white beans too.
Taste and adjust seasoning as you go.

Nutrition

Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 553mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg
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Robert P Boyer

Sunday 11th of April 2021

Your recipe states to "Add diced cloves of garlic - -", but you don't list garlic cloves in the ingredients.

Marwin Brown

Sunday 11th of April 2021

Thanks for catching and calling it out. I've updated the recipe to include the additional garlic cloves.

Regards