This vegetarian slow cooker black bean soup is super simple to make when you enlist the help of your crock pot! Everyone is sure to love with this super healthy soup!
Since I already told you a story on Monday, today we are jumping face-first into a recipe! I took my weekly stash of crock pot black beans and, instead of squirrelling them away in the freezer, made them into the most heavenly black bean soup of my life. You should probably do the same.
Scratch that. You should ABSOLUTELY do the same. You’ll thank me later!
Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
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Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
- 6 cups black beans, cooked
- 1-2 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup tomatillo salsa verde
- 1/2 cup red onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced [approx. 1.5 tsp]
- 3 TBSP olive oil
- 2 TBSP fresh chopped cilantro [plus extra to taste]
- 1-2 TBSP fresh lime juice
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
I ran out, but feel free to add 1 cup of diced bell pepper if you have it! You may also want to keep a cup or two of extra broth on hand if you'd prefer a brothier soup - I like mine a bit hearty and oh-so-chunky!
- crumbled or shredded cheese [skip if vegan]
- crushed tortilla chips
- chopped green onion
- fresh cilantro
- Save money by skipping the canned beans! Whip them up from scratch by cooking dry beans in the slow cooker the day before. Simply rinse and sort beans, add them to your crock pot, fill with enough water to cover two inches above the beans, and cook on high for about 3.5 hours (click here for more details) -- it costs less, spares you the sodium and BPA, and tastes great! I like to soak mine overnight before cooking them - feel free to follow suit!
- To make the soup, add everything but the toppings to your slow cooker and cover. Cook on high heat for 4 hours and steal a spoonful. To taste, add any extra salt, spices, or cilantro that floats your boat. If you prefer a brothier soup, add a little extra veggie broth and spices at any point in the cooking process. Once your ready to dig in, top with crushed tortilla chips, a sprinkle of cilantro, and some freshly grated or crumbled cheese. You can even add a fresh dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt. Yum!
- Store extra soup in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer! It tastes great the first day and even better the next!
feeling fancy? Zest a little bit of the peel of a fresh lime over a small bowl of greek yogurt or sour cream and whisk together for a refreshing addition atop your soup. It’s delicious!
special diets and swaps
- vegansaurus chefs skip the optional cheese on top and this soup is gloriously vegan!
- t-rex chefs feel free to use chicken broth and add seasoned shredded chicken or pulled pork to round out the meal; though this soup is also fantastic and filling without adding meat!
so . . . how was it!? Amazing! Black beans make the perfect base for a super satisfying soup! The smoked paprika, chili powder, and cumin gave a slightly smoky, hearty flavor to the beans without the use of meat while the salsa, lime juice, and cilantro added a fresh flavor boost!
Add a little crunch with the crushed tortilla chip topping and you’re ready to faceplant into a bowl full of Fall comfort! I’m also super partial to the leftovers. It’s great the first day and even better the next! You can ever freeze a bowl or two for rainy day comfort food! SCORE!
:: UPDATE :: after making this soup on heavy rotation all Fall and Winter long, I can honestly say that I’m crazy in love with this easy peasy slow cooker black bean soup! Hope you love it too!