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How to Make Great Beans in a Crockpot
While it is quite simple to grab a can beans off a shelf at your local grocer, the extra time it takes to make beans from scratch is well worth it. The most important step is soaking the beans before cooking them. Otherwise the beans will be hard even after hours in a crockpot. The great thing about this recipe is that you can soak the beans over night, throw them in the crockpot before you head to work in the morning, and come home to the delicious smell of slow cooked beans.
- 1 cup dried pinto beans
- 1 chipotle pepper, Canned chipotle peppers can be found in the same area of your grocer as canned jalepenos.
- a few pinches of salt
- After measuring out the allotted number of beans, sort through them and make sure there aren't any bad beans or foreign substances.
- The most important step is soaking the beans over night, or over another 6-8 hour time period. If you really want beans for dinner and forgot to start soaking them the night before, you can boil them for a couple minutes then soak them in room temperature water for two hours.
- Drain the water and put the beans into the crockpot. Fill the crock pot with water until about twice as much water as beans.
- Add the chipotle pepper and salt.
- If you set the crockpot on a higher setting, it will only take 2-3 hours to cook the beans. If you use a lower setting, it will take 6-8 hours. Every crockpot is a little different, so you might have to experiment to see what setting and amount of time works best for you.