Vegan Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

A bowl of this easy Vegan Black Bean Soup is the perfect weeknight meal! This slow cooker recipe requires little prep and is full of plant-based protein. 

Black Bean Soup

An ode to black bean soup…

So warm and so cozy for long winter nights. You taste so good with avocado and rice. All of the beans make you so hearty. This soup makes me want to throw a big party.

Ok, seriously impressed by my rhyming skills there. But I’m even more impressed by the new photos I shot for this 4-year-old black bean soup recipe!

Vegan Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

That’s right—I posted this recipe back in November 2015, and it quickly became a reader favorite. From then until now, 212,517 people have visited this post to get this delicious slow cooker recipe. WOWZA that’s a lot of people visiting my little slice of the Internet.

This recipe really has withstood the test of time. It’s a classic recipe you’ll keep in your dinner repertoire for years, because it’s healthy, made with affordable ingredients, and made in a slow cooker aka you have to do, like, no work.

Black Bean Soup

What’s in this black bean soup?

Black beans, of course! Dry beans are some of the cheapest foods in the grocery store, plus they’re full of fiber and plant protein. I’d say that’s good value.

Add beans to the pot of your slow cooker with vegetables like onion, bell pepper, and jalapeños, and a ton of spices. That’s basically it!

Note: I really like serving this black bean soup over cilantro lime rice topped with avocado and cilantro. To die for.

Vegan Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Slow cooker recipe for the win

Do you own a slow cooker? Truth be told… I don’t! But I do have a pressure cooker which has a slow cooker function, which is nice because #consolidation and #lessthings.

This slow cooker is only $25, but I would just get this 8-in-1 pressure cooker for $100 (we use this so much!).

You could prep the ingredients for this slow cooker recipe at night, throw the ingredients in the pot of your slow cooker, set it to cook in the morning before you leave, and then BOOM… you come home to cozy smells of perfectly spiced black bean soup.

Then, blend the black bean soup to make it smooth, but leave a little bit of texture. This blender is great if you want to splurge, but this $50 food processor does the job!

Black Bean Soup

Looking for more slow cooker recipes to get you through the winter? I got you!

Vegan Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

How to make:

Vegan Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

A bowl of this easy Vegan Black Bean Soup is the perfect weeknight meal! This slow cooker recipe requires little prep and is full of plant-based protein.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
6 hours
Total Time:
6 hours 10 mins
Vegan Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
6 servings 1x
Rating: 5 from 9 reviews


  • 1 pound dry black beans
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 1 cup salsa or diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic, about 4 cloves
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (decrease or omit for a milder soup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Avocado and cilantro for topping, if desired


  1. In a large bowl, place beans. Fill with water about 1 inch over the beans. Let them soak overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the beans.
  3. In the bowl of a slow cooker, place beans, broth, onion, pepper, jalapeños, salsa, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, cayenne, and paprika. Stir to combine.
  4. Cook on high for 6 hours, until beans are completely cooked.
  5. When the soup is done, you can either leave it as is, process or blend half the soup until smooth and return it to the pot, or process or blend all of the soup until smooth.
  6. Serve warm; top with avocado and cilantro.


Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the soup and reheat when ready to eat.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 269.7
  • Sugar: 5.4
  • Sodium: 635.7
  • Fat: 1.6
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.9
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 49.8
  • Fiber: 17.0
  • Protein: 17.1
  • Cholesterol: 0

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