Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

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Oh, the simple joy of cozying up next to a bowl of hearty black bean soup! Ours is slow cooked and bold with onion, peppers, garlic, chile and a dash of cumin. Black beans are a protein-fiber powerhouse: they deliver folate, potassium and other B-vitamins to boot. Serve with creamy avocado for a delicious and nutritious meal.

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup


  • 1 pound (390 grams) dried black beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 large (150 grams) onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium (120 grams) green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups (880 grams) vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 teaspoons light sour cream
  • 1 small (110 grams) avocado, diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 6 fresh cilantro sprigs for garnish (optional)


Place beans in a large bowl or stock pot, adding water to cover by 2 inches. Soak for 12 hours; drain and discard water.

TIME-SAVING TIP: Don’t have 12 hours? To quick-soak beans, place beans in a stock pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat and simmer briskly for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let soak 1 hour. Drain and discard water.

Combine beans, onion, bell pepper and garlic in 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in broth and cumin. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours until beans are tender. Stir in chipotle, cilantro, lime juice and salt.

For a smooth, thick texture, blend mixture in slow cooker with an immersion blender for 30 seconds until desired consistency. Or, transfer in batches to a blender. Remove stopper in lid and cover with a kitchen towel (hot steam will cause the lid to pop off if not vented); blend until smooth.

Top each serving with 1 teaspoon sour cream, 2 tablespoons chopped avocado and a sprig of cilantro.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 6 |  Serving Size: 1 1/3 cups + 1 teaspoon sour cream + 2 tablespoons diced avocados

Per serving: Calories: 183; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 1mg; Sodium: 652mg; Carbohydrate: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 8g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 457mg; Iron: 16%; Vitamin A: 47%; Vitamin C: 38%; Calcium: 5%