I liked this for ease and simplicity :)
I cooked the beans in the pressure cooker before putting in the slow cooker. 2 cups, because they double to 4 cups when cooked.
I put about 2 cups water in with the other ingredients.
The only other change I made was I added an 8oz can of tomato sauce near the end for depth of flavor and because it looked a little dry.
I really liked how the barley added a chewy texture to the chili
This recipe makes a tasty basic chili. The amount of water seems to be off for cooking with dried beans. I started by soaking the beans overnight, then draining and rinsing them before adding them to the crockpot along with a crushed clove of garlic, covering with fresh water and cooking all day on low while I was at work (about 10 hours). In the evening I added the remaining ingredients and cooked on low for another hour. Made for PAC Fall '08