1In 3 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker, mix all ingredients except rice.
2Cover; cook on High heat setting 6 to 8 hours.
3Remove bay leaves. Serve beans over rice. Note: This recipe was tested in slow cookers with heating elements in the side and bottom of the cooker, not in cookers that stand only on a heated base. For slow cookers with just a heated base, follow the manufacturer’s directions for layering ingredients and choosing a temperature.