I didn't like the syrupy can juices from the beans, found it unpleasant eating this just as a stew. Eating the leftovers over brown rice helped a lot. Also, I thought it needed more spices, and added chili powder, cumin and a lot of black pepper. Glad I did. I added some chopped bacon, but I'll skip that next time. It becomes chewy after being the slow cooker. Maybe could top with the bacon after it's done. I do really like this bean and ham combination. So, next time I will drain the beans (except the chili beans of course) and make some other kind of gravy thing. Not sure what yet. Hot peppers and/or bell peppers would be great in this. This would also be good as a soup, with chicken stock and some dark leafy green like kale.
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I didn't like the syrupy can juices from the beans, found it unpleasant eating this just as a...