|Crockpot Black Beans from mom2lars|
|Yields approximately 8 servings
8 oz (2 cups) black beans hambone or 2 hamhocks (I know, they're gross, but what can you do?) 1 bayleaf 2 garlic cloves (whole) 1 carrot (whole) 1 onion (whole) 1 celery stalk (whole) 1 red pepper 1 red onion 1 green pepper several jalapeno pepper slices (2-3) 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp pepperPrepare beans by putting in crockpot with bayleaf, hambone, whole onion, carrot, garlic cloves, and celery stalk. Put in enough water to cover beans plus 3-4 inches. Heat on low all day. (alternatively, could cook conventionally for 3-4 hours)
Remove bayleaf, all whole vegetables and hambone (pick meat off hambone and leave in beans). Skim fat (if necessary) from top of mixture (I've never had to do this, but it's in the recipe...). Chop red pepper, green pepper, red onion, and jalapeno slices, add to bean mixture. Add salt and pepper. Crockpot on high for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. (alternatively, cook on med. temp over stove for 30 minutes, stirring more frequently).
Serve over rice.