How to: Cook Dried Beans in the Slow Cooker

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A recipe to teach you how easy it is to cook any kind of dried beans in the slow cooker. So easy and it doesn’t even heat up the house! 

How to: Cook Dried Beans in the Slow Cooker

I cannot believe this is my first post for this blog – woohoo! If you do not know, I already blog at Gal on a Mission where I share a bunch of recipes – sweet and savory. I will stick to keeping all of the slow cooker recipes over here.

I have always loved my slow cooker/crock-pot for everything! I never really used one that much before I got married – one year ago and now I am just in love. I use it for everything. You will see. :)

How to: Cook Dried Beans in the Slow Cooker

Nothing can compete! You usually can just add everything into the slow cooker and let it go while you can get other things done. My favorite is letting it go during the day or night.

Another thing that I love cooking in my slow cooker are basics like dried beans. It  might take a little bit longer to cook, but it doesn’t heat up the house and you do not have to watch it.

I never have to worry about buying canned beans ever again because I buy 2 or more pounds at-a-time and cook them in the slow cooker and then I will freeze the rest.

How to: Cook Dried Beans in the Slow Cooker

Another reason why I love cooking beans in the slow cooker is because you do not have to worry about the water boiling over the lid and getting all over the stove. That used to happen to me all of the time – not any more. You just set the temperature – low or high and you are good to go.

Now I am telling you this is so easy, trust me. Anyone can do it. :)

As always, you will want to soak your beans overnight and then drain and rinse them before you add them to your slow cooker.

How to: Cook Dried Beans in the Slow Cooker

You will have to decide how many pounds of beans you are going to cook. I like to cover the beans with about 2-inches of water above the beans.

If you are feeling that the beans are drying out and need more water, then add more water if necessary.

How to: Cook Dried Beans in the Slow Cooker
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Total time
  • 1 or 2 pounds of dried beans (any kind)
  • enough water to cover the beans by 2-inches
  1. Add the dried beans to your slow cooker/crock-pot. Add enough water to cover them and allow them to soak overnight with the lid on.
  2. Drain and rinse your beans. Add the beans back to your slow cooker/crock-pot and add enough water to completely cover your beans, plus 2-inches over the beans.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
To store any unused beans, add 1 cup of beans to a freezer bag and store until needed.



  1. says

    I need to start doing this more instead of buying the canned ones. I have some dried black beans in my pantry now and maybe I will go and soak them overnight and do this tomorrow since I planned to have them tomorrow night with our enchiladas. I love using my slow cooker for all kinds of things too and discovered that making overnight oatmeal in it is great – especially in the winter time.
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  2. says

    I have never tried to cook beans in my crock pot! Who would have ever thought? I really like to use my crock pot on busy days, so I will be anxious to check back to your site often to see what new things I can try. I love one pot meals and the crock pot always works great for that. Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Cynthia says

    Any time a recipe can be made in the slow cooker it becomes ten times better, no? Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.


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