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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

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Servings: 4 persons


  • 1 cup black beans ($.40)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($.10)
  • 1 cup brown rice ($.40)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed ($.10)
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes ($.59)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin ($.05)
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 3 corn cobs ($.51) On sale last week for $.17 an ear... And I bought 20 ears...thinking we'd eat them at the kebab party...but we didn't, so now I'm stuck with a LOT of corn to eat!


  • Soak beans overnight in water. In the morning, drain and rinse. 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!)
  • 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. 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!
  • 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.

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