Do you use a lot of black beans for your meals like we do? Cans of beans are convenient but can get pricey at times. But did you know that you can easily cook your own dried black beans in the slow cooker? One 32-ounce bag of dried beans equals about 6 cans, which can be a huge savings! Don’t be afraid of dried beans; here’s my fool-proof recipe for slow cooker black beans, and a breakdown of the price.
What You Need:
- 2-pound bag of black beans ($2.29 at Aldi for me)
- Slow cooker
- Freezable containers of your choice (I use quart-sized freezer bags)
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Soak the beans overnight
Next, pour all the beans into your slow cooker. Fill your slow cooker with water, about 3 inches above the beans, and place the lid on and leave the slow cooker OFF. Leave the beans to soak overnight and absorb the water.
Rinse, refill, cook on HIGH
What a big change! The beans almost doubled in size. The next step is to pour the beans into a colander to drain and rinse, then back into the slow cooker with fresh water, just enough to cover the beans. At this point, you can add whatever you want for flavor. I use garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and salt and pepper. You could also use taco seasoning or leave them unseasoned. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-6 hours. You may want to do this on a weekend if you work during the week, so you’re home to check the beans. Mine were ready after about 4 1/2 hours. Just do a taste test to see if they’re soft enough.
Fill dated freezer bags with beans
After the beans are done, turn off the slow cooker and leave it for an hour or so to cool off a little. Take your container of choice and scoop 2 cups of beans into each container, with a little extra liquid. Mine made 6 bags. Make sure you use a marker or label gun to mark the date you cooked them. After another hour or so, squeeze the air out of the bags and flatten them out on a cookie tray. Place them in the freezer, and after a few hours, they’re ready to be conveniently stacked!
Okay, so here’s the breakdown in cost.
- Can of black beans at Aldi: $.59
- Homemade black beans: $2.29 divided by 6 bags: $.38 a can!
As you can see, it’s not a huge savings, but every little bit counts! And it’s always nice to have a couple bags in the freezer just in case!
Now that you have beans in your freezer, you’ll always have them available for a quick meal! Slow cooker black beans are incredibly easy to make and store, and now you’ll save money by buying dried beans! What kind of flavors would/do you add to yours? Leave a comment and give us recipe ideas!
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.