Crockpot Beans: Smokey Navy Beans

I've been cooking beans lots of different ways for a long time. I've settled on a base recipe and proven methods for adjusting seasonings on the fly. Watch the video below to see how I sample and adjust my pot of beans as it cooks, but first take a look at this base recipe and the specific recipe I came up with for my video.

Basic Crockpot Beans


  • 2 lbs dried beans (any type: black beans, kidney beans, navy beans, etc.)
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 8 or more cups liquid (broth or water or a combo)
  • 3 or more cups of chopped veggies (almost always including onion or garlic or both)
  • more salt, to taste
  • pepper of choice, to taste
  • herbs and spices of choice, to taste
  • acidity adjustment or other flavorings, if desired
  • fresh toppings, if desired

How to

  1. Soak the dried beans overnight in 2 quarts water and 1 Tablespoon salt.
  2. In the morning, drain the beans. Add 8 cups of liquid and 3 or more cups of veggies to the beans and start cooking on high.
  3. When the pot just begins to simmer (about an hour later), taste the liquid and add a little salt, pepper, and other seasonings.
  4. When the beans are soft (about 4 or more hours later), turn the heat down to warm and add more seasonings or flavor components if desired.
  5. Serve alone or with your favorite fresh toppings.

Smokey Navy Beans with Lime

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  • 2 lbs dried navy beans
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 6 cups smokey turkey broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 gypsy pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 very large zucchini, chopped
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • juice of 2 limes
  • diced red bell pepper, for serving

How to

  1. Soak beans overnight in 2 quarts water and 1 T salt
  2. Drain beans, add liquids and vegetables, then cook on high for several hours.
  3. When the pot begins to simmer, add a little salt, and the herbs and spices.
  4. When the beans are soft, taste and add more salt if desired. Add the juice of 2 limes. 
  5. Serve topped with diced red bell pepper.


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