Healthy Crock-Pot Black Bean Soup {A Meatless Monday Recipe

Healthy Crock-Pot Black Bean Soup {A Meatless Monday Recipe

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You’re gonna want to make this healthy crock-pot black bean soup! So brace yourself, because I’m getting ready to say something that I don’t say this very often…

Break out your crock-pot!!

Yep, dig out your crock-pot, because you need it to make this black bean soup recipe.

This healthy crock-pot black bean soup is packed with hearty plant-based protein, veggie, and spice and oh so easy to make. It practically makes itself!

You may already know this, but I’m not a huge crock-pot fan so I don’t say that often. I love crock-pots for slow cooking soups and the time savings that come along with using it. However, the recipes I have made don’t always turn out right.

ingredients to make soup

This healthy crock-pot black bean soup is packed with hearty plant-based protein, veggies, and spice. It’s so easy to make, it practically makes itself. It’s light on calories, high in fiber and easy on your wallet. A great recipe to try for Meatless Monday or any day of the week!

So why did it take me so long to make black bean soup? Honestly, I do not know! I love black beans and cannot count the number of recipes I have used them in. I just love them even cold out of the can.

Aren’t they gorgeous!?!

a pot black beans

Many people judge black bean soup on its looks and many think of it as a bowl of mush. I’ll admit, it’s not much to look at, but we cannot forget the rainbow of fresh ingredients that go into the crock-pot from the start, which makes this soup naturally vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free, so anyone can eat this soup. Best of all, that rainbow of ingredients fill you up and warms your belly, without expanding your waistline!

This healthy crock-pot black bean soup is packed with hearty plant-based protein, veggie, and spice and oh so easy to make. It practically makes itself!

Pureeing the soup makes the soup really thick. If the mushy look of the black bean soup bothers you, you have options after the crock-pot does its work cooking everything tender. You don’t have to make it all mushy. You can skip the pureeing and serve the black bean soup as it is with whole beans, chunks of vegetables and broth. Another option is to go half and half, and only puree half of the soup so that it’s thick and smooth but still has some texture. It’s up to you and what you like best.

This healthy crock-pot black bean soup is packed with hearty plant-based protein, veggie, and spice and oh so easy to make. It practically makes itself!
This healthy crock-pot black bean soup is packed with hearty plant-based protein, veggie, and spice and oh so easy to make. It practically makes itself!

This soup is perfect for hot summer days, so you can spend long evenings outside and enjoy yourself while letting the crock-pot do all the work. When you come in, just blend up the soup and add your choice of toppings and you have a healthy meal in a bowl in just a matter of minutes.

So what are you waiting for? Break out your crock-pot and make this soup!

Healthy Crock-Pot Black Bean Soup

This healthy crock-pot black bean soup is packed with hearty plant-based protein, veggie, and spice and oh so easy to make. It practically makes itself!
Course lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Vegetarian / Meatless Monday
Keyword black bean soup, crock-pot, gluten free, Meatless Monday, slow cooker, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 305kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 1 pound dried uncooked black beans
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • juice of one lime (divided)

Serving suggestions: jalapeno, fresh cilantro, avocado, sour cream, green onion, tortilla chips, cheese, rice

    Instructions

    • Rinse the dried beans inside a colander with cold water. Rinse well and pick out any tiny rocks or twigs that might be in with the beans. Pour the beans into a large bowl and cover with water to about 3 to 4 inches above the top of the beans. Soak 8 hours or overnight.  Or, for a quick soak, add the beans to a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, over high heat for one to two minutes. Turn off the heat, cover and let soak for one hour.
    • Combine all of the vegetables, spices, vegetable broth and water in a 5 to 7-quart crock-pot. Squeeze in the juice of only ½ the lime, reserving the other half for later. Stir well; cover with the lid and cook on high for 6 to 8 hours.
    • Once the beans are very soft, add the other half of the lime juice. Blend the soup* with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender in batches; puree until smooth and creamy. Taste the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    • Serve warm with fresh cilantro, jalapeno or any toppings of your choice.

    Notes

    *Pureeing the soup makes the soup really thick. If the mushy look of the black bean soup bothers you, you have options after the crock-pot does its work cooking everything until tender. You don’t have to make it all mushy. You can skip the blending and pureeing, and the black bean soup as it is with whole beans, chunks of vegetables and broth. Or, you could go half and half, and only puree half of the soup so that it’s thick and smooth but still has some texture.
    I was conservative with my toppings, but you can go crazy with your toppings! There isn’t much of anything that wouldn’t pair well with this soup! Whatever you come up with would be good to me too!
    This soup is perfect for meal prep and freezes well. I just had the last batch from the freezer for Meatless Monday a couple of weeks ago. It was delicious!
    Recipe adapted from BudgetBytes.com

    Nutrition

    Serving: 6g | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 988mg | Potassium: 1414mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4405IU | Vitamin C: 7.1mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 4.8mg
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    11 thoughts on “Healthy Crock-Pot Black Bean Soup {A Meatless Monday Recipe”

    • I’ll have to try this. Just made a three bean salad today. Didn’t have any black beans so used, cut green beans, yellow wax beans and kidney beans. Doctor says I have to eat differently including NO RED MEATS, so beans are a great solution. Bet your soup is delicious!!

    • My daughter just gave me your Half Baked Harvest book for my birthday and then I realized I had pinned this one just a couple of weeks ago! Is it possible to make this on a stovetop as well?

      • Hi Elizabeth, I’m afraid you have me mixed up with someone else. I don’t currently have a recipe book available. However, you did pin my recipe and yes, you could absolutely make this black bean soup on the stovetop. Simply bring the ingredients to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. Just be sure to stir it every now and again to ensure there is no sticking. I hope you enjoy the soup!

    • My husband just loves black beans and we just happened to have a bag of dry black beans in the cupboard, so we fixed a batch and it was so good! The only change I made was I had some homemade Taco seasoning and I added that in. Had just a nice little kick. I put it in my food processor in batches and it was so good. We added some shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. Thanks for the recipe. Love those mountains in the background — I grew up in those WV mountains!!!

      • Hi Debbie! I’m so glad you liked the soup! I think taco seasoning sounds dreamy and will try that next time I make this. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment. I love hearing from those who try our recipes!

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