New Mexico Pinto Beans (Fix It and Forget It ,Lightly)

2 1/2 cups dried pinto beans
1/2 cup lean ham, diced
3 qt. water2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1 tsp crushed red chili peppers, optional
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano, optional
1 tsp dried thyme, optional

      1.Sort beans.  Wash beans under running water.  Place in saucepan, cover with 3 qt water and soak overnight.  (I do this right in my crock)
     2. Drain beans  and discard soaking water.  Pour beans into slow cooker.  Cover with fresh water.
     3. Add meat, garlic, onions. chili peppers, salt pepper, and other seasonings.  Cook on low 6-10 hours, or until beans are soft.

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