Here is how I cook dried beans in my crockpot without pre-soaking.
Combine the following in a 6 qt. crock pot:
3 pounds of dried beans - I use 2 lbs. black beans and 1 lb. pinto
1 tsp. cumin
3 TBS kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
3 TBS olive oil
6 TBS minced, dried onion
Water to within 1 inch of the top of the crock
Set to cook on low for 6-8 hours. These beans are delicious for breakfast.
Use the leftovers in one of the following ways:
1. Refried Beans: Throw into a food processor with enough juice to keep them moist, then heat for excellent refried beans OR bean burrito filling.
2. For Chili, combine extra beans with:
8 14-oz cans diced tomatoes, with juice
6 - 8 cups vegetable or chicken broth
3 TBS sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
6 TBS cumin
4 TBS chili powder
1 lg. onion, diced and sauteed in 1/2 cup olive oil
Simmer on stove top for at least one hour for flavors to blend well, longer if able.