black bean jalapeno soup

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dinner,Gluten Free,recipes

I love the cozy warmth of soup on a cold winter day. I also love my slow cooker – preparing the ingredients, adding them to the slow cooker, turning it on low and… that’s it! You can come back several hours later and the kitchen smells fabulous (and the dog is going crazy!).

This soup is quick preparation with a BIG payoff of flavor.

black bean jalapeno soup

1 tablespoon earth balance
1 yellow onion
2 stalks celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cans black beans, one pureed
2 servings rice (1/2 cup rice + 3/4 cup vegetable broth or water)
3 jalapenos, 2 diced, one sliced for garnish

Chop and dice the celery and the onion.

Yes, in case you were wondering, that IS the culprit...

Sauté celery and onion in earth balance.

Meanwhile, puree one can of black beans in a food processor and cook 1/2 cup rice in 3/4 cup vegetable broth or water.

Add 2 cups vegetable broth to sauté pan, combine with celery and onion.

When warmed, pour into slow cooker with pureed black beans, whole beans, additional 1-2 cups vegetable broth.

Add cooked rice, add 2 jalapenos.

Cook on low setting for several hours.

Serve with toasted gluten free english muffins and a salad.


Do you cook with a slow cooker?

What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?


{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 JL goes Vegan December 3, 2010 at 3:28 am

This looks delicious! I love my slow cooker and use it all the time in the winter. I take some dried beans, veggie stock (and water, sometimes stewed tomatoes) and just toss in whatever fresh veggies I have in the fridge and a variety of spices and let it cook on low all day. Mmm Mmm!


2 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 8:53 am

exactly! and it smells so good…


3 lindsay December 3, 2010 at 4:08 am

I think you were meant to be a texan because you put jalapenos in everything, just like us!! Thats awesome. Love this recipe too. So good for the soul.


4 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 8:53 am

AW ! I LOVE that… and all of my Austin friends would too!


5 Anna December 3, 2010 at 4:35 am

Yum! I love spicy foods in winter– I feel like they warm me up from the inside!


6 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 8:54 am

me too! and soup is so warming also… :)


7 Di @ December 3, 2010 at 5:25 am

This looks like a dish you want to curl up with on the couch on a chilly night. Yummy – black beans are great.

And I absolutely love slow cooking. It’s wonderful to come home to a meal that’s ready after a long day at work. I cook everything in it.


8 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:05 am

this was my first black bean soup… can’t wait to experiment more!


9 Heather (Where's the Beach) December 3, 2010 at 5:38 am

Oh girl, this is right up my alley. I even have 3 fresh jalapenos from my garden (rescued before frost) just staring at me, begging to be used.


10 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:05 am

yep – I know you’d like this !!


11 christina December 3, 2010 at 6:29 am

mmmmm, definitely considering this for my vegetarian week! :)


12 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:06 am

do it !! you’ll love it !


13 Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 3, 2010 at 6:50 am

Looks great- I love that it’s so simple!


14 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:06 am

Thanks, Liz! it was VERY easy!


15 I Will Run For Chocolate December 3, 2010 at 6:55 am

I love how easy this is!
We have a slow cooker, but I always forget to get it out :/


16 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

we use ours so much in the winter, it sometimes doesn’t get put away! :D


17 eatingmachine December 3, 2010 at 7:37 am

i love my slow cooker!
lentil soup is one of my favorites
and i use it to cook dried beans (because if i do them on the stove i ALWAYS manage to make them boil over!)


18 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

that’s a great way to cook dried beans… I’ll have to remember that!


19 Jaclyn (Ananda Prana) December 3, 2010 at 8:00 am

I don’t have a slow cooker… yet!! Love your bright colored cutting board :)


20 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:08 am

thanks! :)


21 Dorry December 3, 2010 at 9:04 am

Yum! We don’t have a slow cooker but I want one! And a rice cooker, too. :)


22 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:08 am

Mmm… slow cooker before rice cooker, but yes both would be nice!


23 LiveForTheRun December 3, 2010 at 9:11 am

MMM, the semi vegetarian in me thanks you. What a great recipe. I love coming home when something has been cooking all day. We typically do chili.

I have seen a recipe for brownies in a slow cooker, we should investigate.


24 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:09 am

brownies in a slow cooker!!?? oh my… yep, I’m going to look…


25 Amy @ Second City Randomness December 3, 2010 at 10:22 am

I’m probably doing chili in my slow cooker this weekend… yesssss….

And those jalepenos look amazing. I love the extra kick!


26 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:10 am

Mmm… slow cooker chili is the best! :D

I love the jalapenos COOKED in this too… they make the whole soup WARM.


27 Beth December 3, 2010 at 10:27 am

Woah this sounds amazing! I love the idea of pureeing one can of black beans so it thickens the soup. Yum!


28 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:11 am

yes… it makes it very thick and YUMMY!


29 Christina (Dinner at Christina's) December 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I looooooooooove my slow cooker! My favorite thing to use it for is jsut this – hearty, filling soups and stews! Love your knife! So cute! :)


30 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:13 am

we love ours too… especially in the winter… yep, I love my new knife, even if it sliced me up!


31 Candice @ ChiaSeedMe December 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Love my slow cooker! I love just throwing stuff in – beans, tomatoes, spices, veggies – it’s all good:)


32 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:13 am

exactly! :)


33 Kris | December 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Girl!! I love black bean soup and I can’t wait to try this fab recipe! Thank you for your healthy recipe today, I love it :)

Mmmm I love my slow cooker, but haven’t used it for a while now. Time to pull the ol’ slow cooker out.

You know I got the slow cooker from Ryan’s mom one year for christmas and hated it… its “pretty good” to have ;)



34 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:17 am

yep – until you use one, you might think “meh”… :) then you make something wonderful and want to use it every day!


35 Aimee December 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Sounds really yummy! I am going to have to give this one a try. I think my hubby would really love it, he loves spicy foods.


36 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:17 am

let me know how you like it!! :)


37 Joslyn @ missfitbliss December 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Oooh. Delish! I don’t have a slow cooker. I’d love to have one though!


38 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:18 am

you could make this soup without one… :)


39 theveggie December 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I’ve never cooked with a slow cooker. I should try it though.


40 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:20 am

they are awesome… for so much… oats, applesauce, soups, and apparently brownies! :D


41 GirlonRaw December 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Darling I am thinking, this is JUST the recipe I need to christen the slow cooker I have managed to take off my mum’s hands. Everything about this recipe screams, ease, comfort and warmth. Hmmm I’m looking forward to making it when I get back to my home in a couple of weeks :)


42 spabettie December 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

oh GOOD !! it IS the perfect soup to make as the first recipe :) let me know how you like it…


43 thefitacademic December 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm

This sounds sooo good! I’m a HUGE fan of jalapeno (like – in love!) I’ll have to try this out!


44 Kristina February 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I read the title on fb and as I clicked on it I go “ohhhhh black bean jalapeno soup”….I was excited just saying it, haha-I love slow cooker recipes, this one seems great-how many servings did it make? I might try and make this for the superbowl if we end up having people over!


45 spabettie February 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

this was 6-8 servings or so, if I remember… if you’re having a lot of people over you could double it… that’s what I did for dinner tonight, so I could have some for Superbowl!! :) (how will I make “souper bowl” jokes without it??)


46 austin April 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

sounds great!


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