Bean and Bacon Soup
1 pound small dry beans soaked overnight
2 diced carrots
2 stalks diced celery
1/2 diced onion
1 small can tomato sauce or 1 cup V-8
2 tablespoons bacon grease (reserve from bacon)
2 small dried whole chili peppers (optional)
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste.
Cook a few slices of bacon; reserve fat. Set aside for garnish. SautÃ© the carrots, celery and onion in the bacon grease. Drain the bean of the soaking water and rinse well. Put sautÃ©ed vegetables, beans, chili peppers and bay leaf in crock pot. Fill to within 2 inches of top (this is in my 6 quart) cover and set on High. Depending on the beans it will take 6 to 8 hours to cook soft. If you need it to cook longer just add more water at the beginning. At this point add tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Let cook for 1/2 more and its ready.