Crock Pot Bean Stew

This crock pot bean stew is extremely easy to make. It is uber clean and delicious. Simply add the ingredients into the slow cooker and forget about it!Depending on what toppings you decide to add to it this stew is vegan.

Slow cookers are great for busy families. This recipe in particular only requires a few ingredients and all you need to do is place them in the cooker and move on with your day.

I used black beans for this recipe but you can use any type of bean you like. I also soaked them overnight but, in the past, I have made this without doing so. This will require and extra two hours of cooking. Personally, I prefer to soak them and make sure they will be tender and ready when we are ready to eat.

This crock pot bean stew freezes beautifully so don’t worry if you have left overs. You can serve it with the tomato salsa we are making. If you like you can also serve this with rice, fresh cheese and sour cream. It is up to you!

This is what you are going to need for this wonderfully easy, clean and exquisite crock pot bean stew:

Serves six
1-pound (500 grams) dry beans (any type you want)
½ a white onion – halved
4 garlic cloves – peeled and smashed
a few sprigs of fresh cilantro
12 oz. salsa of your choice
4 cups of water
Salt & Pepper
Optional — tomato topping, crumbled fresh cheese and/or a dollop of sour cream

Wash the beans well and place them in a bowl. Fill the bowl with water and soak the beans overnight.

The next day – drain the rinse the beans and place them in the crockpot. Top the beans with the onion, garlic and cilantro. Add the water and salsa and mix. Add salt and pepper and mix again.

Cover the crock-pot and turn it on high. Cook the beans for six hours.

After six hours – remove the large pieces of onion and garlic and mix the beans. Taste for salt and adjust if necessary.

Ladle the beans into a bowl and top with the tomato topping (recipe below). Add the cheese and sour cream if you are using. You can also serve this with rice. Enjoy!

FOR THE TOPPING:
2 medium tomatoes – chopped
1 large scallion – completely chopped
Chopped cilantro
½ a large lime – juiced
Salt

Mix the tomatoes with the scallion and cilantro. Add the lime and salt to taste. Mix.

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