A few weeks ago a friend brought me some black bean soup to try. It was delicious and I immediately asked her for the recipe. Like most recipes, it was tweaked and she couldn’t quite recall everything that went into it, but gave me a good base to start from. Since then I’ve made 3 different batches and tweaked it myself to create a delicious, hearty soup that is a true set-it-and-forget-it crockpot recipe (my fav!).
When I use crockpot recipes I am looking for one that can simmer all day. Not only does it make the house smell delicious, but to me, the point of using a slow cooker at all is that you don’t have to attend to it.
Using dried beans keeps the cost low, though you will need to soak them the night before.
In fact, you could do all the prep the night before and just turn it on before you leave for the day.
In the morning, simply rinse the beans and add them to the crockpot with the rest of your ingredients.
Turn it on low for 8 hours and high five yourself that dinner is taken care of!
When you are ready to eat, simply use an immersion blender to make it as smooth as your taste buds prefer. Or use a regular blender and blend in batches. It’s a good idea to take out the center of the top and cover loosely with a paper towel to allow steam to escape.
Then, top it with your favorites: avocado, scallions, red onions, sour cream, Greek yogurt, cilantro, hot sauce, etc.
And dig in!
- 1 lb dried black beans
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 (15 oz) can of diced tomatoes
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2.5 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups of water
- 2 Tbsp cumin
- 2.5 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 Tbsp paprika
- 2.5 tsp salt
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp cayenne powder (optional)
- 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- Toppings: sour cream, cilantro, scallions, avocado, red onion, Greek yogurt
- Soak black beans overnight.
- In the morning, prep all vegetables, rinse the black beans and add all ingredients except the lime juice to the crockpot.
- Set on low for 8 hours.
- When ready to eat, use immersion blender or regular blender to puree until desired consistency is achieved (you may want to leave it more chunky).
- Stir in lime juice, add salt and pepper to taste and serve with your favorite toppings and tortilla chips.