I made this according to the crock pot instructions. I admit that when I first put it together, I didn't have high hopes from the way it looked..... but I was pleasantly surprised in the end. I added some chopped onion, but otherwise stuck to the recipe. I was happy with how it turned out, but I would have liked some more black beans in there. I think next time I make this I will double the black beans and maybe also add some diced tomatoes (or just more spag. sauce) when the sauce is added in the end. Thanx for sharing!