Southeastern Pinto Beans Seasoned with Ham Hock

Country Pinto Beans and Ham Hocks


Serving Size:
1/2 cup beans and ham hock + 1/4 cup liquid

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Higher Potassium
  • Gluten-free


  • 1/2 pound dried pinto beans
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 8 ounce piece smoked ham hock
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)


  1. Pick through dried pinto beans for any stones or rocks and discard. In a bowl cover beans with water, at least 2 inches above the beans. Soak overnight (10 to 12 hours). Drain water from soaked beans and set aside.
  2. Roughly chop the onion.
  3. To a stock pot, add the soaked beans, onion, low-sodium broth, 2 cups water, piece of ham hock, black pepper, garlic powder, bay leaves and chili flakes.
  4. Bring beans to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the beans are soft and tender. Cooking time is approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
  5. Once cooked, remove ham hock from the pot and let cool until safe to touch. Separate meat from fat and bones. Chop the meat and add back to beans. The skin, fat and bones can be saved for future soups or stocks or can be discarded.
  6. Remove bay leaves from pot and discard.
  7. Measure the recommended serving size for a kidney-friendly serving. Season with black pepper to taste.

Helpful hints

Serve beans with steamed rice or try Jackie’s Corn Bread Muffins.

Beans are high in potassium and phosphorus. That’s why this recipe is marked as “Higher Potassium” diet type and the portion size is small. Check with your dietitian for individualized recommendations on how much and how often beans can be included in your kidney diet.

Smoked ham hock is high in sodium. By limiting the amount used, and discarding the skin and fat after cooking, the sodium is acceptable for a kidney diet. Choose additional low-sodium items to go with this dish. Beans are a great source of fiber.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 178

Protein 11 g

Carbohydrates 20 g

Fat 6 g

Cholesterol 19 mg

Sodium 367 mg

Potassium 532 mg

Phosphorus 182 mg

Calcium 55 mg

Fiber 4.7 g

Added Sugar o g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 meat
  • 1 starch
  • 1 vegetable, high potassium

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