A can of beans is about $0.99. So why on earth would you make your slow cooker black beans from a bag dried beans?
Listen. Nothing is easier to make than black beans cooked in a crockpot.
You dump everything in and forget about it for 10 hours.
In fact, it is so easy to forget, I would encourage you to set a timer. Or, snag one of these slow cookers that turn off automatically.
And believe me when I tell you, no can of beans can touch the flavor of my slow cooker black beans. (Humblebrag)
If you’ve never made dried beans, you need to know that you must sort through them before you cook them.
Small pebbles frequently make their way into the bags of dried beans.
It only takes a minute to run your hand through the beans to find them, but that is a pretty important minute if you value your dental work.
The question all novice bean cookers ask: Do I have to soak the beans the night before?
Listen, if you plan ahead, soak the beans. You’ll be reducing the amount of gaseous producing enzymes in the beans.
But if you forgot to soak the beans, this recipe will still work 100%.
Maybe invest in a small bottle of Beano for anyone who experiences discomfort from unsoaked beans.
I can 100% attest that Beano works.
The seasoning for these beans is uncomplicated. Some fresh thyme sprigs, a bay leaf, and some chopped up bacon.
If you chose to skip the bacon, that is totally fine.
Bacon adds a layer of salt and smoke that meat-lovers enjoy.
But by all means, make this a vegan dish by leaving it out.
Between the broth and the herbs, the flavor profile is still strong.
How about we get to the best reason to make black beans in your crockpot?
One pound of dried black beans is about $1.99.
A serving of black beans is about 1/2 cup.
That means you get 12 servings out of a $1.99 bag. That’s $0.17 a serving.
Tell me that isn’t an absolute bargain!
- 4 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
- 1 ½ tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 3 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped (optional)
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups of water
Combine broth, beans, thyme, bacon (optional), bay leaf, and 2 cups water in a slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low 10 hours or on high for 6 hours.
When beans are cooked, remove bay leaf and thyme stems, and drain off any remaining water.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 250mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g
These beans are perfect for adding to recipes like Black Bean Crunch Wrap Supreme.