Crock Pot Black Beans

On this post earlier in the week, Marcia asked about my recipe for black beans.  I admit I have always used canned black beans in the past.  But after making them in the crock pot this time, I don't plan to ever go back to the canned variety.  They were so easy and so good!

From a variety of different recipes, this is what I came up with:

1 lb. dry black beans
2 cups chicken stock (or chicken base and water, which is what I like to use)*
2 +/- cups water
1 bunch chopped cilantro
1/2 small red onion, diced
1 T minced garlic

Throw everything in the crock pot and cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 8 hours, and you have an entire pot of beans for $2 or $3.  Can't beat that!

*I read a couple of recipes that mentioned the chicken stock to give the beans extra flavor.  I had a jar of base in the fridge, so I used 2 tablespoons of it with about 4-5 cups of water (enough to cover the beans well).  The beans turned out exactly as I wanted them to, so I will repeat the chicken stock or base in the future.


Though I could easily have eaten black beans and rice all week, I used a large portion of the pot to make Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas.

You guys, these quesadillas were SO good.  They are very filling; just one and a side of fruit is enough to satisfy me for lunch.  We have several in the freezer and I have already been going through the stash for easy lunches or weeknight meals.

Budget Bytes is probably my favorite food blog right now.  I want to make nearly every recipe on there!

What is your favorite food blog/recipe site?  Any recommendations?

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  1. omg. i'm totally going to make these. i LOVE black beans. and that picture looks AWESOME! :)

    good for you with your dietary changes. i keep thinking that i have to get back to food tracking, but i know that i'll be traveling out of the country for two weeks...so tracking will be difficult. i think i'll just start when i get back :)

    and since when did your little girls get so BIG?? ;)

  2. I'm totally going to make those too!!!

  3. OK...adding black beans to my grocery list for this morning. :)

    I LOVE black beans, and so do the girlies. We just got some avocados at Sam's yesterday, and I have Mexican casserole on the menu for this week...I think it's kismet!

    We had refried black beans in Charlotte, too -- yum-o!

  4. So you don't have to soak them before you cook them? That's pretty exciting

  5. The beans are in and my crockpot is on! I can't wait for dinnertime. I love rice and beans but it's practically unheard of here in the UK. Thank you for the recipe!

  6. Yes, I have the same question as Lauren: you don't have to soak them overnight before cooking them? They can go directly from the bag to the crockpot? Every other recipe I've seen requires you to soak them first...


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