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Slow Cooker Black Beans

Slow Cooker Black Beans – dried black beans that are cooked in the crock pot all day.  Perfectly seasoned and cooked until soft and delicious.  

Black beans are kind of a staple with Mexican food.  These Homemade Refried Beans are a perfect side dish with your quick and easy taco night, but these black beans are so good as well.  

My family loves black beans to add to taco meat for tacos or part of a filling for quesadillas.  They are a great way to bulk up a meal and make your meat go further.  They don’t only need to be a side dish, especially when they are seasoned to perfection and anything but boring!  

Slow Cooker Black Beans take Mexican night to a whole new level!


Crock pot black beans are great because they make a huge batch.  You can bring to a potluck, add them to meals all week, or even freeze some for later.  So many great ways to use them.  

There are lots of questions when it comes to cooking dried beans, so let’s get started with some basics. 

Do you wash beans before cooking

Yes, I always wash dried beans before cooking. You want to pick out the cracked or broken beans.  These will not cook up well, so you may as well get rid of them at the beginning. This goes for cooking the traditional way as well as in the crock pot.

Crock Pot Black Beans are seasoned to perfection and so easy to make

Do you have to Soak Beans Before Cooking

No, if you are using a crock pot there is no soaking involved.  You cook them for about 6 hours in lots of liquid, so they will get nice and soft this way.  If you are cooking them the traditional way, then yes you do need to soak the beans. I like to just put them in a container of water the night before and let them sit in the fridge over night.  Super easy, just a little bit of planning involved.

How Long Do You Slow Cooker Beans

It takes about 6 hours over low heat to get the perfect texture for your beans.  If you want to speed that up, you can go for about 3-4 hours over high heat.  If you want to mash your beans, you might want to go between 6-7 hours, so they are even softer.  

Use dried beans in the crock pot to make the best side dish! Slow Cooker Black Beans are quick and easy.

How Many Cups Does One Pound of Dried Beans Equal

One package of dried beans is 1 pound, which is about 2 cups of dried beans.  After they are cooked you will end up with about 5 cups of cooked beans.  

When do you Salt Beans

I like to salt at the end of cooking.  I add the rest of the seasons and let them cook with the beans, but salt right before serving.  This way the salt doesn’t break down the beans too much or react with cooking process. 

The perfect side dish - crock pot black beans

Slow cooker black beans are a staple in our house. They are great to make on the weekend and then have all week long to add to dinners and lunches.  They are super healthy and good for you, so you don’t have to worry about getting veggies into your family. 

These black beans are perfect for your Mexican night or even with just about anything else you are making.  So easy to make, just 5 minutes to get them started and then the crock pot does all the work! Can’t get much better than that!  

A bowl of blackbeans in the crock pot sprinkled with parsley

What to Serve Slow Cooker Beans With

Yield: 8

Slow Cooker Black Beans

A bowl of black beans on a plate

Slow Cooker Black Beans - dried black beans that are cooked in the crock pot all day.  Perfectly seasoned and cooked until soft and delicious.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  1. In a skillet heat oil over medium high heat. Add onions and jalapeno and saute for 4-5 minutes until soft. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  2. In the insert of your crock pot add all of the ingredients together, expect the salt. Mix until everything is combined.
  3. Cover and set to low heat for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  4. After the beans have cooked and are soft, strain some of the liquid and discard the bay leaf. Season with salt and serve.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 224Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 2mgSodium 955mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 9gSugar 2gProtein 13g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Sunday 17th of July 2022

can I freeze the left over beans? I've never made the black beans at home before and am anxious to try them. For just the two of us, I'm sure there will be left overs and I don't want to waste them.

Erin S

Monday 25th of July 2022

Yes, you can freeze them. I would freeze them in the portion sized containers you want and then thaw in the fridge before reheating.


Wednesday 28th of April 2021

My son is diabetic and using the dry black soy beans. Would these work in this recipe? Tx. Peg


Monday 21st of October 2019

These are just the black beans to cook any day of the week in your slow cooker. So wonderful with so many things!!

Chrissie Baker

Monday 21st of October 2019

YUMMYLICIOUS!!!! I just made those black beans yesterday and they were fabuloso! Thank you so much.


Sunday 20th of October 2019

Love my Slow Cooker. I should try this recipe! Look perfect!

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