Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup [Recipe]

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on January 24, 2012

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If you’ve read this blog for a while you’ve probably figured out that I like black beans. My husband does too and my kids will eat them (usually stuffed in a burrito or quesidilla).

I’ve been trying to make soup each week this winter (it’s been about every other week). Last week I combined this recipe from Weelicious with this one from All Recipes and came out with a really wonderful soup. I used dried beans and after 8 hours in my slow cooker they were perfect — firm but not too firm. Your slow cooker might require a longer cook time — up to 10 hours. Bottom line: take your slow cooker’s tendency to cook fast or slow into account. It’s almost impossible to overcook soup which is nice!

Do you have a different twist on black bean soup you want to share?

Serves: 6-8

-1 Tbsp Olive Oil
-1 Onion, diced
-3-4 Garlic Cloves, chopped
-2 Cups Dried Black Beans, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained
-1 32 oz Chicken Broth or Vegetable Stock (low sodium optional)
-1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped
-2 Bay Leaves
-2 tsp Chili Powder
-1 tsp Cumin
-1 tsp Garlic Powder
-1 tsp Kosher Salt

Toppings: cheddar cheese, yogurt and/or sliced avocado

1. Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat and saute onions for 4 minutes and then add the garlic and saute for another minute.
2. Pour the onion/garlic mixture into the crock pot along with the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
4. (optional — I did not do this) Puree the ingredients to your desired texture with blender (or partially blend).
5. Top with suggesting toppings or anything you like!

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goodfountain January 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Black bean is one of my favorite soups but I’ve never made it. I don’t cook much with dried beans -I’m a little intimidated by it honestly. But I think this sounds worth giving a try. It’s not easy to find vegetarian crock pot recipes so I don’t use my crock pot nearly as much as I used to.


Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD January 25, 2012 at 11:13 pm

@Goodfountain — dried beans are easy and perfect for the slow cooker. My big problem is I forget to soak them overnight!


Michelle @Special Mom Space January 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm

This actually looks very appetizing and Weight Watcher friendly :-)

My husband made a vegetable soup this weekend. It was good but its the only soup either of us knows to make so I’m going to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!


Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD January 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm

@Michelle — I hope it turns out!


Charlotte Bernal January 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I’m going to try this tomorrow. I actually cook lots of vegetarian meals in my slow cooker, mostly with beans! The slow cooker makes it so much easier. In case you forget to soak the beans, I’ve also found many different options for no-soak cooking by searching the internet, including cooking beans in the oven, which I tried once and it really worked!


Anne M January 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

If we used canned beans how many cans would that be? I have several cans to use up.



Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD January 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I just looked it up and it says for every 1/2 cup dried beans add a can, so that would be 4 cans. You won’t have to cook as long. Hope it turns out!


Karen May 15, 2012 at 5:29 am

I’m making this for the third time. It is very easy and delicious. You do have to plan in time to soak the beans, but other than that, everything goes in the crockpot and then you are done. I add a red pepper for a few extra vitamins. Everyone in my family loves this. I made some for a friend and her family and they loved it as well.


Owen January 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

My mom is interested in making this soup, and she’s asked me to print out the recipe. Before I do, I have a question: Is step 2 missing, or should step 3 be step 2, step 4 be step 3 and so on? Thanks.


Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD January 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Thanks for alerting me to the fact that there are mistakes here. I just changed it!


Owen January 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Thank you for the recipe. My mom will be making the soup, and I’ll be one of her “test subjects,” so I wanted to be 100% sure the directions were correct before I step up to the plate, er, bowl, so to speak. :)


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