Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup

Total Time
Prep 8 hrs
Cook 10 hrs

Cumin and fiery serrano chile infuse this simple soup as it cooks, and a dollop of sour cream provides a refreshing foil for the spicy flavors. For less heat, seed the chile first or use a milder pepper, such as jalapeno. You can also omit the chile altogether, if your prefer. You can soak the beans before you go to bed, then wake up and put everything together in the crockpot. You will have a hearty, satisfying soup that is low in calories and fat waiting for you when you come home from work.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large bowl. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours. Drain.
  2. Combine beans, broth, and next 5 ingredients in an electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 10 hours.
  3. Discard bay leaves. Stir in juice and salt. Ladle 1-1/2 cups soup into each of 6 bowls; sprinkle each with 2 t. chopped cilantro. Top each serving with 1-1/2 t. sour crean. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.
Most Helpful

This was awesome! I added shredded chicken to the recipe, and it was fantastic! Perfect spice and the sour cream to top it was great. I would recommend taking a bean-o before eating though.

jen.driess26 August 26, 2010

Nice soup. I couldn't get a serrano chili and had to use jalapeno instead. I could be for this reason that I found the soup a bit more bland than I would have liked. I added some freshly ground pepper and Cajun seasoning and loved it that way. Made for Newest Zaar Tag.

Dreamer in Ontario July 29, 2009