2 1/2 cups dried pinto beans
3 quarts water
1/2 cup ham, or salt pork, diced, or a small ham shank
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon crushed red chili peppers, optional
salt to taste
pepper to taste
Discard pebbles, shriveled beans and floaters.
Wash beans under running water.
Place in saucepan, cover with 3 quarts water and soak overnight.
Drain beans and discard soaking water.
Pour beans into slow cooker.
Cover with fresh water.
Add meat, garlic, chili, salt and pepper.
Cook on Low 6-10 hours, or until beans are soft.