Mix all the ingredients in the slow cooker (but not the starch and water), and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Or 4 to 6 hours on medium-low.
In the last 30 minutes mix the starch and water into the pot. MORE
Soak beans in water to cover for 24 hours then drain. In slow cooker/Crock Pot or large kettle, combine beans, 5 1/4 cup chicken broth, garlic, onion, white pepper, salt, oregano, cumin, cloves. Simmer MORE