Southern Pinto Beans are simmered with smoked ham hocks until the beans are tender and the soup is brown and thick.
If you avoid pork for whatever reason, use smoked turkey wings instead of smoked ham hocks.
Serve as a savory side or main dish with a slice of Homemade Self-Rising Cornbread.
Be sure to check out my Crock Pot Pinto Beans.
EDITOR’S NOTE (September 7, 2021): Text updated for clarity.
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I was born and raised in the south by a single mother with five children. Our family enjoyed pinto beans and cornbread once or twice a week because it was affordable and filled our tummies.
To this day, I love pinto beans and Homemade Self-Rising Cornbread. Sometimes, I’ll add a few chopped onions. Always good. Never gets old.
I like tender pinto beans cooked until the skins falls off. Although not photogenic, they are delicious! If you prefer “pretty” whole beans, stir very gently or use a slow cooker.
Although most people love cornbread and pinto beans, there are multitudes who prefer biscuits.
Which do you prefer? Please respond in comments.
The house smells wonderful while pinto beans are simmering. I removed the lid to shoot the photo below.
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