Friday, May 20, 2011

Crock Pot Black Bean Soup - 4 points

My mother has this theory that she heard from a friend; beans will not cook to softness if they are accompanied by tomatoes. When my mother is not at my house, this theory proves false. I cook Namibian beans all the time, tomatoes included, and they are delicious. As soon as my mom is on the scene, though, the theory inexplicably starts working.

I have made this recipe many times, so I decided it was safe to make for my mom and dad despite the bean/tomato combo. Epic fail. The beans didn't cook. I couldn't believe it! We managed to soften the beans up by boiling them for several dozen minutes. Since my mom is not at your house (as far as I know) these should cook as beautifully for you as they have for me every other time I have made them.

Black Bean Soup
1 lb dried black beans
2 (10 oz) cans tomatoes and chilies
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1 clove minced garlic
14 1/2 oz fat free chicken broth
Cajun seasoning, to taste
1. In a medium bowl, cover beans with water. Soak overnight. Drain well.
2. Place all ingredients in crock pot. Cover and cook for 5-6 hours on high.
3. Remove 2 cups of beans from the crock pot. Mash them with a potato masher until smooth. Return them to the crock pot and stir to combine.
4. Yields apx 20, 4 point servings (1 cup per serving)

Music Friday... I am really trying to get Music Friday back on Friday, so here is the song randomly selected for you by my zen. This time I am not giving you a video of the artist singing. The song, "All By Myself" was hilariously featured in one of my favorite moves of all time Bridget Jone's Diary; enjoy:)

I've been happily checking things off my list. Today was 323. Introduce Simon to the greatest cartoon movie of all time: Robin Hood.


  1. I cannot roast asparague when my mother comes over. It turns to mush. It never turns to mush any other time. Love this variation of black bean soup - a soup that truly contents me. Isn't it fun to introduce people to something you love and then hold your breath - hoping they "get it?"

  2. Ha! Bridget Jones is fun to have on in the background when I'm cooking. She's so ridiculous!

  3. Claudia - that is too funny! I am glad I am not the only one who has special mom cooking issues.
    Yummy- I love the movie and the book; great stuff.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog. The soups look great. I love potato soup!! Im your newest follower

  5. Fun to have you visit my blog. I'm glad to visit you in return. My hubby will LOVE your blog...he is my points man and he will enjoy your recipes. Sorry your beans did not's do things to kids...the beans were probably just old and it was not your fault. Your soup actually looks delish.

  6. I love the beans..had plenty of red bean soup before. Bet this would be really great with some flatbread.

  7. This soup is great...Perfect for a rainy evening!

  8. Hi Angela, the soup looks fantastic. And Bridget Jones is hilarious!!!! So fun. Have a great weekend.

  9. The tomato thing has to do with the're not "supposed" to add acidic additions or even salt to beans before they've started to soften. That's something I learned "way back when", too. But, everybody has their own method! This sounds delicious.

  10. Dear Angela
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  11. Black bean soup looks awesome love it.

  12. That's too funny about the beans. I guess your mom likes to be right! Looks like a tasty soup!

  13. No, your mother is not at my house, so I guess it's safe to try!

  14. I love bean soup and yours look too delicious!

  15. I hate it when recipes don't produce consistent results. It really is maddening. I'll wager the soup is delicious and plan to give it a try. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  16. This is a MUST MUST make ~ So comfy n hearty, awesome!

    US Masala

  17. I've never made black bean soup - thanks for the great idea!


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