Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

It’s getting to be soup season, and Making Thyme for Health has an easy recipe for black bean soup. You could serve this alone, as an appetizer, or as part of a larger meal.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups or 1 pound dried black beans, soaked overnight and rinsed*
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed fire roasted tomatoes (such as Muir Glen)
  • 1 bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 2 jalapenos, cored and diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 3 tsp chipotle chili powder*
  • 1 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire (such as Annie’s)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (orignal recommend Better Than Bouillon for the best flavor. If you’re not vegan then you can use chicken or beef broth)
  • suggestions toppings: diced avocado, chopped cilantro, diced green onions

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients into the slow cooker, stir together, and cook on high for 8-10 hours. Remove bay leaves at end of cooking.
  2. Scoop out several cups of the soup into a bowl or large measuring cup and blend with an immersion blender until pureed. Alternatively, you can blend it in a regular blender but be sure to allow it to cool beforehand. Once it’s pureed, add it back to the slow cooker and stir together.
  3. Serve warm in separate bowls and top with avocado, cilantro, and green onions.

Notes:
*If you want to skip soaking the beans, be sure to rinse them and add an additional 2 cups water to the slow cooker prior to cooking.
*You could also use 2 Tbsp adobo sauce (from a can of chilis in adobo sauce).