These are great on a cold night for dinner. While this recipe is for being doen on the stove top, I've often done it in the crockpot. I just don't saute everything, but throw it all into the crock, including the already fried bacon. Aso, when I use the crockpot, I'll often substitute out the can of beans for a multi-bean pack that I'll soak overnight (start them out in hot water) before I cook them in the crockpot. This was adapted from a recipe by Ingrid Hoffman on Food Network's Simply Delicioso.