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Slow Cooker Black Beans and Rice


I {heart} rice and beans! Mostly because they make SUCH cheap meals! Even larger families or families with older children could make a meal with rice and beans that’s less than $5! I encourage everyone to incroporate a rice and beans…or other vegetarian style meal into their weekly meal plan. Just an easy way to save a few bucks each week!

I {heart} my slow cooker! I really, really do! Probably not quite as much as Steph {hearts} hers, but I do love it!

Here’s the sitch…whenever I’m making something “new” in the crockpot, I always stop to see if Steph (aka the Crockpot Lady) has made something similar…and what tips or tricks she might have! So I stopped by here this morning…because I’ve not made rice and beans in the slow cooker before…and of course, she had! I wanted to do black beans and rice with diced tomatoes…and her recipe was pretty similar! I learned that the rice would cook faster than I thought, so I didn’t start this until just before lunch!

Here’s my version.

Slow Cooker Black Beans and Rice

The perfect way to feed a crowd or a large family!
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: slow cooker black beans & rice
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 3 corn cobs


  • Cook soaked beans for an hour in a saucepan with at least 2 inches of water over the beans. (I prefer to cook my beans before adding them to the slow cooker. You can certainly cook them in the slow cooker...details here!)
  • Soak beans overnight in water. In the morning, drain and rinse.
  • Place olive oil into slow cooker. Stir rice around in the olive oil. Add cooked black beans (substitute 2 15 oz. cans), diced tomatoes, garlic cloves, ground cumin, salt and pepper AND 2 cups of water.
  • Set on high for 6 hours. I set mine for 6 hours because I used brown rice. If you use white rice, set it for 4 hours.
  • Boil corn in large saucepan for 4-5 minutes. Serve with butter, if you like.
  • Serve Slow Cooker Black Beans and Rice with Corn Cobs.
  • This would be DELICIOUS topped with some Monterrey jack cheese...or even cheddar. Since we're dairy-free, I didn't...but think that would be delish!

(It doesn’t get much cheaper than that y’all!)