Black beans are such a versatile staple to have on hand. This slow cooker home-made version is a fraction of the cost of store-bought, plus you have control of the salt content. Oh, and they are delicious! Meal prep made easy, these freezer-friendly savory beans will soon become a staple in your house.
How To Make Slow Cooker Savory Black Beans
Throw some onions, garlic and dry beans into the slow cooker, walk away, and in 4 hours you have enough savory black beans for a fair few meals.
Plus it is cheaper than buying the canned version.
I have been making homemade refried beans in the slow cooker for a long time. I luuuurve refried beans, but not all the added salt in the canned version.
I decided to give the same recipe a shot, using some black beans, to change it up - because I am a rebel like that...
I can now say I have stepped away from canned savory black beans for good!
It's now homemade Slow Cooker savory black beans or nothing.
Why Make Slow Cooker Black Beans At Home Instead of Buying From The Store?
I tend to make a lot of things from scratch that can easily be purchased from the store.
But it has to be worth it!
It is worth making slow cooker black beans at home because:
- It doesn't take much in terms of time investment. You simply add the ingredients to a slow cooker, set it and walk away.
- They only require 4 simple ingredients, so no need for a big complicated shop before you can get to work
- They work out to be a fraction of the cost of store-bought canned black beans
- They are the perfect candidate for making a big batch and storing in the freezer for future use
- You don't have any wasteful packaging to deal with
- You get to be in charge of the salt content (a lot of store-bought canned black beans come with a hefty dose of salt and require rinsing if you are sensitive to large amounts of salt)
With this huge list of benefits, why wouldn't you make your own black beans at home in the slow cooker?
(Oh and added benefit - they make the house smell pretty good too!)
How To Serve Savory Black Beans
Homemade savory black beans are super versatile, and so handy to have on hand in the fridge or freezer to bulk up meals.
Try out these suggestions for serving your homemade black beans"
- Throw them into a salad (a Mexican style salad would work really well)
- Throw them into a vegetable soup to fill it out
- Try these sweet potato and black beans burgers
- Try them in these beef and bean enchilada cups
- For a super simple meal serve with some brown rice, cilantro/coriander and avocado chunks
- Add to burritos or quesadillas
Such a versatile homemade bean to have on hand!
Savory Slow Cooker Black Beans
- 2 ½ cups dried black beans
- 1 onion peeled and quartered
- 3 cloves garlic peeled and smashed with the end of a knife
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 cups water
- 2 tsp salt
- Rinse and sort your black beans, being sure to remove any small stones.
- Pop all of the ingredients, except the salt, into a slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours (see notes). To check for doneness simply remove a bean from the slow cooker, and squeeze between two fingers. If it is soft, and crushes, the beans are ready.
- Once ready, turn off the slow cooker and stir in the salt.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Leftovers can also be frozen in smaller portion sizes and simply thawed and reheated when needed.
- Tip: keep a bit of the leftover liquid in with the beans when storing them - it stops them from drying out, especially if you plan on freezing.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.