We LOVE black beans. Everyone needs a great black beans recipe. Our family eats them alone, on tacos, in soups, mixed with salsa and rice…so many ways.
One of my essential time savers is to prepare a slow cooker full from dried beans. That gives us a week’s worth of delicious, home-prepared black beans to use in all of our recipes.
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Our favorite (and essential) Black Beans Recipe.
This easy method can easily be used to cook just about any dried beans…white, pinto, kidney, etc. Preparing them this way is so much easier than soaking overnight, rinsing, then cooking.
Just throw everything in the slow cooker, set it to low, and then go.
It is that easy. This black beans recipe is a breeze, and you have beans for days. Unless you eat a ton of beans, in which case you have beans for day.
Here are links to our recipes using black beans:
- Southwestern Black Bean Soup with Roasted Jalapenos
- Black Bean Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce
- Tex-Mex Macaroni
- Fast and Fresh Layered Fiesta Salad
- Breakfast Quesadillas….. I told you…we love black beans!
Chopped onions add so much flavor to any dried bean recipe preparation. Do not skip this step.
And garlic. Don’t worry, it isn’t too much. We’re cooking a lot of beans, and garlic is essential to the flavor.
I do not add the salt / seasoning until the last 30 minutes of cooking. This gives you a chance to taste them after they have cooked with the garlic, onion, and bay leaf and then decide what you need to add.
Plus, I’ve always heard that adding salt before they cook causes the beans to be tough….but I can’t confirm this. (Because I don’t do it.)
Just use 1 or 2 bay leaves. Don’t forget to pull them out of the beans before serving.
Toss everything in the slow cooker, then add the water. Turn on low for about 6 hours. Don’t add the seasoning until the end.
To test for doneness, get a spoon and get a couple of beans out. Blow on the beans and if the skin splits easily they are done. Or, you can taste one.
So good and so simple.
Easy and awesome, the kind of thing we love to make! Save this black beans recipe, you will need it.
- 1 lb dried black beans
- 6 cups water
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 TB minced garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 TB all purpose seasoning or salt
Rinse beans in a strainer, and remove any stones or ugly beans.
Place beans in a slow cooker. Add onion, garlic, and bay leaves. Pour water over the ingredients and stir.
Cook on low for about 6 hours. Test for doneness, and add salt or seasoning during the last 30 minutes of cooking.