Slow Cooke Black Bean Soup
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5 from 6 votes

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Filling and loaded with flavor this black bean soup will be a family favorite.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 20 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Black Bean Soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 276.03kcal
Author: Sarah Olson



  • 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
  • tortillas
  • 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 or HIGH for 7 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
  • ENJOY!


What can I use instead of a ham hock?
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 2 cups diced kielbasa
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 package hot dogs, sliced
  • 1 package bacon, cooked and crumbled


Calories: 276.03kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.11g | Protein: 18.37g | Fat: 5.05g | Saturated Fat: 1.67g | Cholesterol: 17.84mg | Sodium: 606.02mg | Potassium: 1170.63mg | Fiber: 10.18g | Sugar: 4.01g | Vitamin A: 338.72IU | Vitamin C: 17.82mg | Calcium: 100.63mg | Iron: 4.07mg