Are you in need of a satisfying and effortless weeknight meal? Look no further than this delicious Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup! Packed with plant-based protein, this vegan recipe requires minimal prep work and is guaranteed to warm your soul.
An Ode to Black Bean Soup
Imagine cozying up on a cold winter night with a warm and comforting bowl of black bean soup. The combination of flavors, from the creamy avocado to the fluffy rice, is simply divine. This hearty soup is so delicious that it might even inspire you to throw a party to share the joy it brings.
I have to say, I’m impressed by my rhyming skills here. But I’m even more impressed by the stunning new photos I captured for this recipe, which I first shared back in November 2015. Since then, a whopping 212,517 people have visited my post to get their hands on this tasty slow cooker recipe. It’s humbling to see how this recipe has stood the test of time and captivated so many taste buds.
What’s in this Black Bean Soup Recipe?
This black bean soup recipe is all about simplicity and affordability. We start with dry black beans, one of the most budget-friendly items you can find at the grocery store. These beans are not only inexpensive but also rich in fiber and plant-based protein, making them a great value for your money.
To enhance the flavors, we add a medley of veggies, including yellow onion, red bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic. For a burst of taste, you can choose between using either salsa or diced tomatoes. The spices we use, such as chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper, add a perfect touch of warmth and depth to the soup. And let’s not forget about the toppings! Avocado, fresh cilantro, vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, and tortilla chips take this soup to a whole new level of deliciousness.
I highly recommend serving this black bean soup over cilantro lime rice, garnished with avocado and cilantro. Trust me, it’s a combination that’s simply to die for.
Slow Cooker Recipes for the Win
Do you happen to own a slow cooker? Confession time—I don’t have one myself. However, I do have an 8-in-1 pressure cooker with a slow cooker function, which is incredibly convenient and saves space in my kitchen. The slow cooker I use costs just $25, but if you’re looking for a versatile option, I recommend investing in a $100 8-in-1 pressure cooker.
Here’s a pro tip: Prepare the ingredients for this vegan slow cooker recipe the night before. In the morning, simply toss them into the pot, set the slow cooker to cook, and leave for the day. When you return home, you’ll be greeted by the comforting aromas of perfectly spiced black bean soup.
To achieve the ideal texture, blend the soup until it’s smooth, maintaining a hint of texture. If you’re willing to splurge, I highly recommend using a blender. However, if you’re on a budget, a $50 food processor will do the job just fine.
How to Make Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
Making this slow cooker black bean soup is as easy as can be. First, soak the black beans overnight and rinse them in the morning before starting the soup. Next, add the beans to your slow cooker along with diced onion, bell pepper, jalapeños, and a variety of spices. Let the slow cooker work its magic on high heat for 6 hours. You can then choose to serve the soup as is or blend half of it to create a creamy texture while leaving the other half for a delightful contrast.
More Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes
If you’re a fan of this black bean soup, you’ll be glad to know that I have a collection of other amazing vegan slow cooker recipes that will keep you warm and satisfied all winter long. Here are a few recommendations:
- 13 Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes You Need to Make This Winter
- Chickpea Peanut Stew
- Sweet BBQ Meatballs
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