Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Although winter has not officially begun, it sure has been feeling like WINTER the past few days and especially today with the low temperature being 28°F! I am talking about Raleigh, NC but it isn’t much different from most other regions in the nation.

So, when I think of ‘what’s for dinner tonight?’ a bowl of hot soup with some 100% whole blackbean-soupwheat bread and steamed broccoli seems to be the best option. Black bean soup is my favorite and I would like to share a CROCK-POT® recipe that I recently came across. It has become one of my favorites because it’s easy and quick – it can be put together in minutes before you leave for work in the morning and have it ready when you get back home in the evening!

 

  • 2 cans (about 15 ounces each) black beans, undrained (I use the low-sodium version)
  • 1 can (about 14 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ cups chopped onions (optional)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chilli powder
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 medium lime, cut into wedges
  • ½ cup sour cream (I substitute with plain, nonfat yogurt)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (I don’t use this and it is still good)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Makes 4 servings

 

  1. Coat inside of a CROCK-POT®/slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add beans, broth, onions, chilli powder, cumin, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours or on high for 3 ½ hours (or until onions are very soft).
  2. Process 1 cup soup mixture in blender until smooth and return to CROCK-POT®/slow cooker (I use a hand blender and process the soup directly in the crockpot for just a few seconds). Repeat with additional soup until desired consistency is reached. Let stand for 15 – 20 minutes before serving.
  3. Serve soup into bowls; squeeze lime wedge over each serving. Top with sour cream (I use plain yogurt), oil (I skip this) and cilantro.

 

Source: CROCK-POT®. The Original Slow Cooker. Vegetarian Recipes. Meatless favorites made in your CROCK-POT® slow cooker. Publications International, Ltd. 2013.