Rinse and drain the beans, discard any dirt clumps or rocks. Add to the slow cooker.
Add the onion, jalapenos, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, chicken broth and water to the slow cooker with the beans. Wait to add the salt.
Cover and cook on HIGH 7-8 hours. Do not open the lid while they cook, or they will not get tender.
When the cooking time is done mash about 1/4 of the beans with a potato masher right in the slow cooker. Or you can put a scoop in a bowl and mash with a fork and add back to the slow cooker. This will make the beans creamy, which the slow cooker can't do since the simmer is so low. Add salt to taste, I usually use 1/4 tsp.
Serve as a side dish or as a main with tortillas or cornbread. Enjoy!
How can I make this less spicy?
Use half a jalapeno and remove the seeds
Use jarred jalapenos
or use canned diced fire-roasted chiles
Can I add meat to this recipe?You can add protein to this dish. Add one of these meats at the beginning of the cooking time. You may not need to add any extra salt to this recipe if meat is added.
Cooked bacon - cook, drain, and crumble the bacon. Uncooked bacon is not flavorful in the slow cooker
Ham hock - add 1 ham hock
Diced ham - about 2 cups
Can I use a 20-ounce package of Hurst's Hambeens Pinto Beans in this recipe?