This is great served over corn bread on a cold winter day. If you can't find a ham hock, use a couple of slices of bacon. Also make sure that your chipotle pepper is straight from the can. I used one that had been in the refrigerator for months and it didn't add much flavor to things.
- Put beans in a medium sauce pan and add enough water to cover the beans. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients, cover and bring to a boil. Remove and set aside chipotle pepper. Lower heat and simmer until beans are tender, stirring frequently and adding more water when needed to prevent scorching. Salt to taste and return chipotle pepper to pot if a spicier stew is desired. Serve hot in soup bowls.