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Basic Slow Cooker Black Beans

Basic recipe for slow cooker black beans.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 12 servings
Calories 110kcal
Author Marisa Moore Nutrition


  • 1 lb dried black beans
  • 1 medium onion halved or quartered
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed slightly
  • 1 large bay leaf or 2 small ones
  • water to cover the beans about 5-6 cups
  • salt to taste I used 1 teaspoon


  • That means – go through the beans while they are dry to remove any odd beans, stones or other stuff you wouldn’t want to eat. Rinse the beans - about 3 passes until the water is clear.
  • Add ingredients from the black beans to the water to the slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or until the beans are tender.
  • Once beans are cooked to desired tenderness, add the salt. Serve over rice or quinoa, make refried beans or soup. Freeze extra cooked beans in freezer safe bags for up to 3 months.




Calories: 110kcal