It felt like I hadn’t made soup in ages! I made this amazing slow cooker black bean soup yesterday. It was so good! I’ve been testing this recipe for a while now, trying to get the liquid and flavoring just right. When I got off work yesterday and opened the lid to my slow cooker and tasted it, I finally nailed it! This is one of those perfect work day recipes, since it cooks for 10 hours!
I flavored this soup with a ham hock, jalapeño and cilantro. My inspiration for this came from a co-worker who had brought in a black bean soup to work. She is the best cook I know, her soup had so many layers of flavors, so it took me a while to make something that stood up next to hers. My co-worker calls her soup “ghetto soup” for she puts a little of everything in it, even chopped up hot dogs. I left the hot dogs out of mine, but in hindsight they would have been really good in this.
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- Slow Cooker – 5 quart or larger
- 1 lb. dried black beans soak overnight- see below
- 32 oz chicken broth
- 14 oz petite diced tomatoes
- 1 large ham hock
- ½ cup white onion diced
- 2 tbsp jalapeno minced
- ½ tsp garlic minced-2 cloves
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- ¼ cup cilantro chopped
- ¼ tsp salt to taste
Optional Ingredients for Serving
- cheddar cheese
- steamed rice
- tortilla chips
Pre-Soak the Beans
- Putting the beans into the slow cooker, sorting out any rocks, dirt clumps, and other debris.
- Cover with a few inches of water and place the lid on top.
- Leave the beans to soak overnight. DO NOT TURN ON YET.
Preparing the Soup
- Drain the beans, rinse.
- Add the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, ham hock, onion, jalapeno, garlic, chili powder, onion powder, and pepper.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 10 hours, without opening the lid during the cooking time.
- Remove the ham hock onto a plate, remove any meat you can find off the ham hock, shred and put into the beans.
- Add the cilantro, stir
- Taste for salt, adding the desired amount.
- Serve with the optional ingredients