Directions Preparation: soak the beans in water overnight. Drain and rinse before cooking. Place beans in heavy pot. Add chopped garlic and onion. Add ham hock. Cover with vegetable or chicken stock and 1 or two cups water. Add chili powder, peppercorns, and red pepper flakes (to taste). Bring to low boil, then reduce to simmer and cover pot. Cook 2-3 hours.