Magical Slow Cooker Pork And Pinto Bean Nachos

Who still has their Christmas tree up?  (Raises hand.)  The ornaments are off of ours, but it still sits in the den, crispy and deep-fried from the dry heat.  Looking more like something from The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Scary.

Tomorrow I am planning to put a pot of this incredibly easy and incredibly delicious meat and bean mix in the slow cooker to work its magic while I put away all the decorations.  And when I’m finished, I’ll be able to make something fun with it like these Pork and Pinto Bean Nachos.

Start with a bag of dried beans, some meat, and a few pantry ingredients, dump it all in a slow cooker, and let it go.  How easy is that?

This is another one of those ‘possibilities are endless’ recipes.  First of all, you can use any meat you like – I’ve made it with chicken pieces, pork loin, beef and venison stew meat.  And then once it’s done, it makes the perfect filling for any kind of Mexican dish you can think of.

Way better than crispy fried Christmas tree.

Slow Cooker Pork and Pinto Beans

from Shortbread


  • 1  pound dried pinto beans
  • 1  pound boneless pork loin chops
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1  tablespoon chili powder
  • 2  teaspoons salt
  • 1  teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1  teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1  (32-ounce) box chicken broth
  • 1  (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies


  1. Rinse and sort beans according to package directions.
  2. Place pinto beans in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Place pork pieces on top and cover with rest of ingredients.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours or on HIGH 5 hours until beans and meat are tender.
  4. Stir to break meat into small pieces.

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*For the nachos, top tortilla chips with the meat mixture and cover with shredded cheese. Microwave until melted. Top with your favorite things like avocado, salsa, jalapeño and cilantro.

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6 thoughts on “Magical Slow Cooker Pork And Pinto Bean Nachos

    • Yes, finally. After a lot of sweeping it’s gone (thrown into the lake to attract fish!). We had company this weekend, so it was a must – isn’t that what it usually takes to get something done?

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