Crock pot black beans

Who doesn’t love coming home to delicious smelling food that requires minimal effort? I know I do. These black beans deliver, being both nutritious and really yummy. And, this is probably one of the cheapest meals ever. I think the bag of black beans was $1. The rest of the ingredients are ones that I already had in the house, so I’m going to guestimate this meal came in at under $5. A steal!  
A bag of black beans will obviously make a ton, so I was able to freeze quite a few containers of beans. I recommend dividing them up into several portions so you can pull out just the amount you need.  De-thawing a big block of beans for just one cup isn’t really practical.  But, I think this recipe will make you stop buying canned beans all together. It is incredibly simple, makes a ton of beans, and is impossible to mess up.
I’ll share the recipe I used, but of course you can adjust it to your likings.  I wanted the beans to be a bit spicy, so I added lots of peppers and cayenne.
Crock pot black beans
1 bag of dry black beans
Enough chicken stock to cover beans in crock pot
1 whole onion, chopped
1 jalepeno pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic
3 pieces raw bacon
1/2 jar chopped banana peppers, with juice
1/2 jar Salsa
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne
Dash of garlic salt
Cheese & Cilantro for garnish
The day before you want to make your beans, soak them in water overnight.  In a large bowl, remove beans from bag and cover with water.
In a crock pot, add soaked beans and cover with chicken stock. I used almost a full carton of chicken stock (32 ounces).  Add in all your ingredients.
Stir spices into the broth. 

Set crock pot for desired cook time and let it work its magic. I set my crock pot for 8 hours because I made them early in the day. Garnish with cheese and cilantro.
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Come home to the delicious aroma of Mexican spices that have been simmering all day.  Honestly, I could smell them from outside my house when I got home. My neighbors even asked me what I had cooking. When I told them it was just a pot of black beans, I think they were shocked. 
Now if only I could get the “beans, beans good for your heart…” rhyme out of my head. Yes I’m a five year old.
With fall in full swing, I think it is definitely time you bust our your crock pots and give this meal a try. Or, here are a few of my other absolute favorite crock pot meals.
If you have time, check out my article over on Glass Heel today. It is a rendition of my suggested pantry essentials.

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