Beans can be tricky. Most people believe that you have to soak them overnight, or for at least 4-6 hours, before you are able to use them in any dish. Well, I have a little trick, that was passed on, for that.
Shhhhhh, cook the beans for 20 minutes in a covered pot of boiling water, first. Drain, and then use.
Small red beans
onions, small, chopped
bell peppers, chopped
smoked sausage, sliced
green onions, chopped
Pre-cook beans (as mentioned above). Place beans in a large stewing pot, cover beans with water (water should be directly above the beans) over medium heat. Add all other ingredients except jalapenos. Cook for 2 hours stirring only once. Cook another 1 hours, then stir again. Add jalapenos and cook for 1 more hour. Test one of the red beans with a spoon. Bean should be soft and easy to mash. Cook in 30 minute increments until this is achieved.