How to Cook Black Beans in a Crock Pot

Very Simple and Yummy Vegetarian Dish

black beans in a crock pot
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This week’s Meatless Monday is simple and yummy just the way we like it. Black beans are such an important staple in a vegetarian and vegan diet. Here we show you how to cook black beans in a crock pot. 

Meatless Monday Crock Pot Black Beans 3Black beans are an excellent source of protein

They can be used in a variety of different recipes, burritos being one of my favorites. I also love the Mexican bake we posted about a few months ago on Punky Moms. To make them from scratch, you usually have to soak your beans overnight and tend to them on the stove top most of the day. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

meatless monday Crock Pot Black Beans (2)

Using the crockpot/slow cooker just makes sense.

This recipe is vegetarian but I am sure you can substitute the water for broth if you want to add more flavors. What is your fav black bean recipe? We are always looking for more around my house. 

Crock Pot Black Beans

No need to soak your beans over night with this recipe ever again!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs


  • 1 lb. Black Beans
  • 6 Cups Water
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves sliced
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 TBSP Salt


  • 1. Rinse and strain beans. Pick out any broken or wrinkled ones.
  • 2. Put beans, onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt, in the crock pot. Add water.
  • 3. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or on LOW for 6-8 hours. If all water is absorbed before beans are finished cooking, add more.
  • Optional: remove onion, garlic, bay leaf before serving.


Use immediately or allow to cool and store in the refrigerator for 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
How to Cook Black Beans in a Crock Pot

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Diana Jeanne is a creative and crafty mom who has been actively involved with Punky Moms for the last decade. Even though she moved around a lot as a kid she still considers herself a native Californian. She currently lives in Orlando, FL with her teenage son, husband and two Great Danes. She may work an office job but keeps her individuality with her under layer of bleached hair, half sleeves and back tattoos under her cardigan sweaters.


  1. Thanks for sharing! It’s almost soup season and that means I will be using my crockpot a lot. You’re right: using the crockpot just makes sense. So much easier than waiting for them to soak overnight in the fridge and then boiling. This way you can add some additional spices and flavors. Thanks for sharing!
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