This is so easy to fix, and has a different taste from the traditional ham & beans. I got this from a SW cook book and wasn't sure about fixing it, but hubby wanted me to try it. We've had it several times, cooked both in the oven and crockpot. The crockpot suites me best. One of those throw it in and forget about it meals! I serve it with mexican cornbread and because there are only 2 of us, serve it the next day and add fried potatoes. My hubby is originally from Tucson and this is one of his favorite meals. Also, I have good luck with freezing leftovers. If you like beans and roast, you must try this! I haven't made it with navy beans, but believe it would still be good. You can use hot peppers to spice it up, or leave them out, or use mild like I do.