Slow Cooker Black Beans

Black beans are a versatile ingredient. Infuse flavor into the beans and cooking liquid by adding a roasted jalapeño pepper or dried spices such as ground cumin or ground chili pepper to them while cooking.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 6 hours 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 1 bag (16 oz.) dried black beans, soaked overnight
  • Water, as needed
  • 2 tsp. salt


  • Drain and rinse the soaked beans, discarding the water. Place beans in a large sauce pan and cover with fresh water. Boil on high heat for 10 minutes, then drain.
  • Into a 4-quart slow cooker, add black beans, salt, and enough fresh water to cover beans by 2 inches. Cover and cook on low heat for 3–6 hours, or until tender.