Slow Cooker Black Beans are so versatile! You can serve them with rice, as a dip for chips or as a side dish to any meal. And these Black Beans are fool proof because the slow cooker does all the work.
Slow Cooker Black Beans
Do you know how versatile black beans are? It blows my mind how many uses and combination options you have when it comes to eating black beans! Let’s review some of my favorite combinations:
- Eat them on their own in a bowl
- Black bean soup
- Use black beans as a dip with tortilla chips
- Use black beans in a 7 layer dip
- Black beans and rice
- Side dish to ANY meal
- Black beans over cornbread
- Black bean brownies
- Black bean burgers
- Black bean lasagna
- Black bean taco salad
- Black bean Ice Cream
And those are just the ones I could think of off the top of my head! There are SOOO many more. And that’s why I love this recipe so much. This is the PERFECT recipe for making black beans and it turns out perfect every time.
My dad is the one who taught me the trick to making the perfect homemade beans a couple of years ago. Check out his secret here in my Pinto Beans post. And the good thing is, you can use ANY type of dry bean with this recipe. It’s amazing!
Nutritional Benefits of Black Beans
Let’s talk about some of the nutritional benefits of black beans. Did you know that black beans are high in iron, phosphorous, calcium, zinc and magnesium? They’re also a heart healthy food and great for people who have trouble digesting food.
Black beans have about 8 grams of protein per half a cup. That’s great for those of us who strive to eat a higher protein diet. I love getting my protein from plants and grains.
How Make Slow Cooker Black Beans
This is truly a set it and forget it kind of recipe. Put the black beans, water, salt and black pepper into the slow cooker and stir. Cover it and cook for 7 to 9 hours. Towards the end, check on the beans to ensure they aren’t overcooking. You don’t want them to fall apart.
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How to Serve Slow Cooker Black Beans
My absolute favorite way to enjoy black beans is with white rice. My mom introduced me to this combination when I was a teenager. I was adamant on eating nothing but low fat foods and my mom was worried I wasn’t getting enough nutrition in my diet. She used to cook me black beans and brown rice and mix them together in a bowl. They were so delicious and super filling. And little did I know, I was getting some really good nutrition out of this meal. Thanks mom!
No matter how you eat your black beans, you’ll love the versatility and convenience of this recipe. I typically make a batch of these black beans once a month so we can enjoy using them in different meals throughout the week.
Oh – and if you’re looking for some other amazing ways to use black beans, you have to check out my recipes for Bean, Chicken and Rice Bowl, my Black Bean Dip and my Slow-Cooker Southwestern Style Chili!
Enjoy this easy, simple and delicious Black Beans recipe! It’s gluten free, vegetarian, dairy-free and the definition of “clean eating”. Happy eats ya’ll!!
What will you serve with your Slow Cooker Black Beans?
- 16 ounce Bag of Dried Black Beans, rinsed
- 7.5 cups water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Put all ingredients into a slow cooker and stir.
- Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours. You want to ensure you don’t overcook the beans. You don’t want them falling apart.
- Once cooked, turn the slow cooker off.
- The black beans are now ready to serve. You can serve the black beans in a bowl or top them off with mozzarella cheese.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 0.5gSaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 395.1mgCarbohydrates: 20.2gFiber: 5gSugar: 0.7gProtein: 7g