Vegan Black Bean SoupTis the season and I’ve had my slow cooker out for a few weeks. Budget is the theme of this weeks #SundaySupper and to be honest this meal is so cheap that I figured I’d include it. The jalapenos are the pricey bit, and if you don’t have the spices that’s an expense. The whole thing (minus the spices) was 5 dollars, if that for a huge crock of soup.

Vegan Black Bean Soup-2Don’t soak your beans. This is a great article on it. It doesn’t improve the taste or texture. Sure, it takes a bit longer but when you are making a recipe like this in the crockpot it’s not like you have to babysit it! Just set it and go. I actually made this recipe overnight and it gave me a fitful sleep. My house smelled like yummy onions, garlic and beans so I kept on waking up. Note to self: set it when I leave for work next time!

Vegan Black Bean Soup-3If you are home around the 6 hour mark check the water levels. I’ve made this recipe a few times with beans purchased at different places and the second time (the photo time) it got to a stew consistency which is perfect for us here, but that’s because the beans soaked up a lot more water. I bought those beans at the grocery store so no guarantee on how old they were. The “fresher” dried beans from the farmers market soaked up less liquid.

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Vegan Black Bean Slow Cooker Soup


  • 1 pound dried black beans 2 cups
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 large stalks celery chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper seeded and finely chopped
  • 6 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt plus more if needed


  • Pick over beans; rinse well.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan or large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bell pepper, celery, jalapeño and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are beginning to brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Add cumin and cook, stirring, 1 minute more.
  • Add all the ingredients to a 5-quart slow cooker and turn it to the highest setting. Cover and cook on high at least 8 hours.
  • Remove bay leaves. Before serving, you can blend with a hand mixer or hand-held submersible blender until the mixture is thick, with beans, onion and peppers visible. I like mine chunky so I don't blend.

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