16 ou. dried black beans
2 cartons (32 ou. each) vegetable broth
2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
3 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
sour cream, optional
shredded cheese, optional
In a large pot, bring 10 cups of water to a boil. Reduce heat and add beans; simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain. Add all remaining ingredients, except sour cream and cheese, to Crock Pot. Cook on LOW for 10-12 hours. Top with sour cream, cheese, or additional cilantro. Serve with warm tortillas.
I was going to take this week off from the Crock Pot in remembrance for my old Crock Pot that cracked a few weeks ago. But, I decided that it was most respectful to just continue the cause and keep going! (Also, I wanted soup this week and the recipe I found happened to be a Crock Pot recipe!) I thought I would be tired of the appliance that has graced my counter top for the past year, but somehow, a brand new one found its way up there in no time! Special thanks to my dad who braved a trip to Costco for me 2 days before Christmas. I found a 7 quart pot with a digital timer and a free Little Dipper (a tiny Crock Pot that I haven't quite figured out what fits in there except a can of soup). Since the sale only lasted until the end of the week, and I was working, he generously offered to quick pick one up for me. So, thanks to him for providing me a new one!
Now, onto this recipe. I wouldn't change a thing about it! It is a soup, so be prepared for it to be thin. It is also pretty spicy. I doubled the cayenne and the pepper to make this recipe. Since it is a couple days after Christmas, and I still have leftover turkey, I heated and shredded some of the turkey and added it to the finished product. You could also add shredded cooked chicken at the end. However, it is also delicious as is.
Special thanks goes out to Laura M. who provided me a Christmas gift of a slow cooker recipe book, in which I found this recipe. Pillsbury Best Slow Cooker Recipes. (Look for more upcoming recipes from this book!)