How to Cook Beans in a Slow Cooker

How to Cook Beans in a Slow Cooker  from Cookin' Mimi

I have debated for quite awhile on whether or not I should post this. Beans in a slow cooker are a pretty easy thing to make and I change mine up a bit depending on what variety of beans I am cooking. Because of that this is going to be a bit longer than the average post.

Slow Cooker Beans

Recipe by Micha

How to cook beans in a slow cooker.

Prep time: 30 minutes plus overnight soak

Cook time: 6-8 hours

Total time: 6.5-8.5 hours plus overnight soak


  • 1 pound dried beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon oil or bacon fat
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 smail onion, diced OR
  • 2 Tablespoons dried onion flakes
  • To taste black pepper
  • water for soaking and quick boiling

Cooking Directions

Sort through the beans and make sure to get rid of any rocks, twigs, or clumps of dirt. Place in a bowl and add enough water to cover the beans by two inches. Place in fridge overnight.

Drain beans and add to a stock pot. Cover with enough water to cover the beans by two inches. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 10-15 minutes. Drain and discard water. Boiling beans and discarding the water is advised to remove toxins slow cooking does not kill.

Place beans in slow cooker, add 8 cups water, salt, oil, garlic, onion and black pepper. Cook on high for 6-8 hours or until beans are tender checking occasionally to see if more water is needed .

Additional seasonings- If I am cooking Great Northern or Navy Beans to eat as “Soup beans” I like to add a ham bone or pieces of ham. If I’m cooking pintos for refried beans I’ve been known to add the juice from pickled jalapenos and for black beans about a teaspoon of cumin is excellent.

Use in your favorite recipes in place of canned beans.

To freeze: drain beans and package 1 3/4 to 2 cups of beans in freezer safe containers or bags. Label and freeze. Thaw overnight in refrigerator or until beans are no longer frozen. Use as needed.

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  1. This is a fantastic….so much needed information. Sending this to my daughter. Thanks for a great blog today!!!!

  2. I have wanted to make beans in a slow cooler. Thank you,

  3. Thanks so much for this recipe. I have been looking for awhile. Interesting about the toxins. I never knew.


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