Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Friday, March 3, 2017


4 cups water 
1 1/2 cups dry pinto or great northern beans
1 tsp salt
1 can (16-oz) tomatoes, cut up 
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
3 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, crumbled
In a saucepan, bring the water, beans, and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered 1 1/2 hours.(Or this is a good way to use leftover beans!) Pour into a bowl; cover and chill. Drain the beans, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the liquid. Transfer the beans and the liquid to a crock pot or slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes (do not drain), bell pepper, onion, brown sugar, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Add the lid to the cooker, turn to low setting and cook for 12 to 14 hours. Stir beans and top with the crumbled bacon.
Yield: 6 servings
This is a file photo similar to this recipe. Sorry, I have not taken a picture.

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