Slow cooker black bean soup

black-bean-soup-1Confession: I strongly dislike baseball season.  It’s not the sport itself that I have a problem with.  It’s the fact that I have two young children who play on two different teams and–between the two of them–I would guesstimate that 93% of our family time is spent on one baseball field or another.  And when we have to be out the door by 4:40 to make it to a game on time, dinner is a challenge.  This is the time of year that I make nice with my Crock Pot.

Most recently, I discovered this delicious soup.  It is so good, my friends, but the best part is that it can be thrown together in the Crock Pot and topped with all kinds of yummy fix’ins.

I made this version using dried beans and homemade chicken stock.  I also included a generous amount of cilantro–in my opinion, it was that flavor that really kicked this soup up a notch.  Unless you have a serious disdain for cilantro, I highly recommend not skipping that ingredient.  When topped with avocado, green onions, additional cilantro and some crumbly cotija cheese, well, let’s just say you’ll be licking the bowl.  I served my version with baked chicken taquitos on the side and the meal was a huge hit with the whole family.


Black bean soup


For the soup

  • 6 c. chicken stock
  • 3 c. dried black beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 1/2 c. tomatillo salsa (salsa verde)
  • 1/2 c. frozen corn
  • 1 medium red or green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T fresh cilantro, chopped
  • freshly-squeezed juice from 1/2 of a lime
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. chili powder
  • 1/2 t. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper

For toppings

  • chopped avocado
  • fresh cilantro
  • sliced green onions
  • crumbled cotija cheese
  • crushed tortilla chips


  1. Combine all soup ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to mix. Cook on high heat for 4 hours. Taste a bite and add salt if needed. If beans are tender and soup is done, change heat to low or warm. When you are ready to eat, top with chopped avocado, fresh cilantro, sliced green onions, crumbled cotija cheese and crushed tortilla chips.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 2692kcal Calories from fat 248
% Daily Value
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 5385mg 224%
Carbohydrate 458g 153%
Dietary Fiber 100g 400%
Sugars 49g
Protein 169g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

5 Replies to “Slow cooker black bean soup”

  1. I remember my time playing ball. It’s definitely a rush to get homework done, eat, show, change, and on to the filed, on time. Great memories but I’m sure it drove my mom nuts.

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