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The Perfect Slow Cooker Black Beans

These kid-friendly slow cooker black beans are perfectly tender, full of flavor, and so easy to make. With a few simple ingredients and a slow cooker, you'll have the perfect vegan protein to use in meals all week long.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Keyword: Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, soy-free
Servings: 6 cups of beans

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bag or 2 cups dried black beans
  • cups mild salsa
  • 1 medium onion peeled and cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Pick over the beans and discard any pebbles. Place beans in a bowl and cover with 3 inches of water. Soak overnight for at least 8 hours.
  • Drain water and rinse beans. Pour beans and the remaining ingredients into a slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours, checking the beans at 3 hours for tenderness. Or cook on low for 6-7 hours, checking the beans at 6 hours for tenderness. Remove the onion and bay leaves before serving.
  • Serve immediately or save for later. These can be refrigerated for up to one week or frozen for up to three months.

Notes

For unsoaked beans:
  • Cook on high for 4-5 hours, checking the beans at 4 hours for tenderness.
  • Or cook on low for 7-8 hours, checking the beans at 7 hours for tenderness.