Slow Cooker Black Beans

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140 CALORIES 26g CARBS 1g FAT 9g PROTEIN

Black beans are a staple for me during summer months.  I love serving them as a side dish, using them in all kinds of hearty salads, and throwing them in morning breakfast tacos which seems to be all I want to eat for breakfast on summer weekends. While it's easy to reach for canned store bought beans, making your own at home is just as easy.  Here is my simple recipe for slow cooker black beans.  They don't require any extra soaking and after about 8 hours, you'll have creamy delicious black beans.  One trick, when you want "cleaner" beans, like the kind that would come out of a can, just rinse and drain the homemade beans before using.

It's also really easy to mix up these black beans to create different flavor profiles.  Here are three of my favorites:

  • Plain: Eat it as is! It’s delicious all on it’s own.
  • BBQ: Add 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce to the slow cooker, adjusting points and calories accordingly.
  • Cuban: Add 2 chopped bell peppers, 4 extra garlic cloves, 1 tsp. oregano, 1 tsp. cumin, and 2 bay leaves to the slow cooker.
The Recipe
Slow Cooker Black Beans

Slow Cooker Black Beans

PREP TIME: 5 Min
COOK TIME: 8 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 8 Hours, 5 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1 lb. dry black beans (rinsed)
  • 6 cups vegetable broth (or water)
  • 1 U onion, quartered
  • 4 U garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 U bay leaf
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt

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Instructions

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1

Add everything, except the salt, to the slow cooker. Cover the beans with water or stock until there is one inch of water over the beans. It should be about 6 cups.

2

Cook on low for 6-8 hours until the beans are tender. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add the salt.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140
Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 238mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 6g
26%
Sugars 1g
Protein 9g

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

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Laura Mason
May 17, 2018 - 11:02
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Do I need to strain out the onions, garlic and jalapenos or do I chop up and add?
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Laura Mason
May 17, 2018 - 11:03
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Do I need to strain out the onions, garlic and jalapenos or do I chop up and add?
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