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How To: Slow Cooker Black Beans

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Slow Cooker Black Beans are the way to you when you are on a tight budget. Dried beans are one of the best choices for a healthy, filling meal whether your food budget it tight or not. A batch of cooked black beans costs pennies and have great flavor when you make them yourself. Of course, canned black beans are also affordable and great in a pinch.

Why Use a Slow Cooker?

Cooking beans in your slow cooker eliminates the need to soak them overnight. It is also nice that you do not have to babysit a pot on the stove. You literally combine all of the ingredients and let it cook for 6-8 hours on low.

When making black beans, I use a lot of aromatics to add a lot of flavor. I use my black beans for soups, chili and Mexican dishes so the aromatics lend themselves to the dishes. If you are looking to use your black beans for desserts (yes, this is totally a thing), you may want to omit everything but the salt.

This same process can be used for almost any dried bean or lentil. How will you use your Slow Cooker beans?

Yield: 6 cups

Slow Cooker Black Beans

bowl of cooked black beans and ingredients

Slow Cooker Black Beans are incredibly easy, affordable and delicious.  The bay leaves, onion and garlic impart amazing flavor.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 lb Dried Black Beans, rinsed
  • Water, enough to cover by 2-3 inches
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 4 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 Red, Yellow or White onion, roughly chopped


  1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker.  Stir to combine.  Cook on low 6-8 hrs.  The black beans should be soft when done.  Remove the bay leaves after cooking.
  2. At this point, you can drain the black beans, but I like to reserve some of the liquid for Black Bean Soup or to serve over rice.
  3. Black beans will keep in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for 2-3 months.


You can crush the garlic and cut the onion into quarters if you would like to remove them after cooking.  You will still get the flavor.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 391mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 6gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

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By on February 22nd, 2019

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Hi, I'm Sarah. The voice behind Feast for a Fraction. I've been a penny-pincher all my life, but still have a taste for nice things. I'm here to show you that you can eat (and live) well on a budget. From recipes and DIY tips to ways to make extra money, we'll be in control of our budgets together!

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