Crockpot Main Dish Recipes

Vegetarian Recipe #14: Crockpot Sweet Potato & Black Bean Soup

I’ve made this twice and both time the primary reason has been that I had all the ingredients and I desperately didn’t want to go to the store.

It’s also ridiculously good. I cannot believe this is a vegan recipe – it’s so creamy and has a little bit of a sweet taste because of the sweet potatoes and the second time I made it, I took most of it to a friend’s house (she’d just broken her collarbone) and Bart and I were absolutely scraping the bottom of the crockpot for the remainders.

I don’t know that you could make a much cheaper meal than this one, either. I think the whole pot cost about $2. Just one more reason to love vegetarian cooking.

Crockpot Sweet Potato & Black Bean Soup
(adapated from Kalyn’s Kitchen)

Serves 6

1½ cups dried black beans, rinsed (or 3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed)
1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
½ large onion, diced small
1 t minced garlic
4 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock, if you don’t care about it being truly vegetarian)
3/4 t ground coriander
1 t ground cumin
½ t black pepper
1 t salt (omit if you’ve used canned beans)
2 T lime juice

Pour the beans, diced sweet potato, diced onion and garlic into a crockpot. Pour the vegetable stock over the top and sprinkle on the spices (do not add lime juice). Stir to combine, put the lid on and let cook on low for 8 hours (or on high for 5 hours).

When the beans and potatoes are very soft, stir in lime juice and blend with an immersion blender until mostly smooth (I like to leave some small chunks) (alternatively, use a traditional blender and pulse to get it mostly smooth). If it’s too thick, add some more broth to thin it out.

Salt to taste (mine needed about a tablespoon more salt because my vegetable stock is not very salty at all) and serve.

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  • Reply karmacoy March 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Hey, we must be on the same wavelength. I posted a black bean soup recipe last night!
    Your sounds yummy. I will have to try it!

  • Reply Jenny March 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    this looks good.

  • Reply 5 Little Moberlys March 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Sounds delicious! I have everything but the sweet potatoes but I have already gone grocery shopping for the week…Darn! Next week! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jodi March 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    This sounds good. Better than another blackbean butternut squash cabbage soup we tried. Maybe it's just that I am honestly so sick of butternut squash I cannot eat another until next winter! But we still enjoy sweet potatoes.

  • Reply Angiegirl March 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I make a soup just like this only with pumpkin instead of sweet potatoes. My family loves it, and I love that it's vegetarian.

  • Reply Miriam March 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Your mom just emailed this to me…for sure going to try it 🙂

  • Reply Tina's Blog March 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    This sounds yummy – and easy! I can't wait to try this one. I passed on the white bean and chicken chili (I know that's not the name of it!) recipe to my mom as well and she served it to a group of guests one night.

  • Reply Alisha Stamper March 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you for this. We just finished having this soup for dinner– the recipe sounded good and I really like coriander and was intrigued by the pairing with lime. Tasty! Thanks for adding a new yummy something to my repertoire!

  • Reply preethi March 20, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I may need to wait until next year to make this, but, rest assured, I will be making it.

  • Reply Sara March 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Janssen made this for my family after I had surgery and I can testify that it is indeed very good!

  • Reply Stephanie Lee March 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Just made this tonight for dinner! Soooo delicious. Thanks for yet another great recipe! Keep them coming. 🙂

  • Reply Bedkes March 22, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Hi Janssen this is Mary-Anne, Karl's wife. I just found your blog, and I made this recipe tonight for dinner. It's so simple but delicious!! Thanks and keep them coming!

  • Reply rebecca March 23, 2012 at 12:54 am

    this looks delish. thanks!

  • Reply Devin January 22, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Do you soak the dried black beans prior to putting them in the crockpot? Thanks!

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