March 19, 2012

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.


  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Your mom just emailed this to me...for sure going to try it :)

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

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

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

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

  11. 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!

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


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