Monday, August 5, 2013

What's Cooking: Black Beans in the Slow Cooker

You know what they say about beans: Beans, beans the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you...LIVE!!

I've always been a fan of a can o' beans. But these days I'm not so much a fan of the price. In my ever-evolving attempt to save us some moolah and stretch our grocery budget, I started to buy bags of dry beans instead.

Ummm...the only problem with that was I didn't want to take the time to actually cook them.

But then I discovered this great recipe for beans in the slow cooker here and I've been doing this ever since. Go there. This woman's got amazing recipes that don't cost much and can feed your whole family. There's pretty step-by-step pictures too for simpletons like me.

Now the thought of cooking beans isn't overwhelming. This is important because I get overwhelmed quite a bit for day to day things...

A big pile of laundry
Too many dishes in the sink
A too tall glass of water (damn, I gotta drink all of that...)
A bag o' dry beans (who's gonna cook that??)

I gotta break things up into manageable tasks!

Here are my ingredients:


Pour out your bag o' beans on a tray and sort through it as usual. Again, I didn't find anything.

After sorting, rinse the beans off in a colander under running water for a little bit just to get any dust or debris off.

Then place your beans in the slow cooker and add 5 cups of water.

Then set it on high and forget it for 4 you know how much you can get done in 4 hours??  

A lot. Or at least a nap.

After 4 hours, your beans will look like this

Take them out of the slow cooker and rinse them under water to get rid of all that bean water...

Then package them in the container of your choice and put those bad boys in the freezer.

I got three bags o' beans out of one bag of dry beans. Now, they're ready for burritos, black bean soup or as an addition to any recipe with the seasoning of your choice. I usually use mine to make burritos that I can store in the freezer for a quick lunch.

P.S.  I made stuffed plantains last night and baked a big batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I am currently obsessed with creating.


  1. I've never eaten black beans. I was always too chicken. lol

    1. They're so good!!! Give 'em a try, They're great for saving money and you can substitute them for meat. Add some onions, tomatoes and spices and you're good to go.

  2. I am anti bean. We were never big bean people. My husband's family are a group of giant bean eaters, it's kind of weird to me. A sister in law will say I made a pot of beans and I get confused, LOL. Ladybug has picked up her dad's tastes there because she loves beans. I can get her a side of black beans from Chipolte and she's just as happy! (Weirdo).

    Maybe I'll take a stab at this for the fam.

    What are you looking for when you sort them? Do I not want to know?

    1. Ladybug and Jethro know what's up! The bit with your sis-in-law made me cackle. Black beans are mostly a Latin American thing that I didn't get into till I met El Hubster. His folks eat beans (usually red) most every night. I'm not even exaggerating on that. My people eat a lot of beans and peas so I guess I would've been a bean person whether I liked it or not.

      I'm looking for broken pieces or beans that are overripe when I'm sorting (shriveled or too dried up). Sometimes you can get small pebbles as well.

  3. I've been reading back through your blog and it makes my heart ache to see you expressing so many of the thoughts and feelings I've experienced as well. It also made me smile to see you using some of the same coping mechanisms I did--like decorating and the slow cooker (I've never been much for cooking!). Sending love and light your way, and hoping that better days come soon for you. xo

  4. Oh man, Brooke, thanks for visiting. Your words made me smile. I love interacting with women who have been/are in this struggle. This blog has been a great outlet for me. Come back and visit anytime :-) Love and light back to you!! xo