WW Recipe of the Day: 4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
I love black bean soup. What’s not to love? It’s a Weight Watchers dream. Hearty. Delicious. Low in Points. And cheap and easy to make.
4-Ingredient Weight Watchers-Friendly Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup is the definition of nourishing simplicity. This hearty soup effortlessly combines canned black beans, fruit salsa and cumin pureed with vegetable broth and then simmered in the slow cooker. Packed with wholesome goodness and low in points, this stomach warming soup is a great example of the ease and deliciousness of slow-cooked meals.
This easy slow cooker black bean soup has just 4 ingredients – canned black beans, salsa, vegetable broth and cumin. I cut the recipe in half and cooked it in the slow cooker, which can be left unattended for hours without bubbling over, instead of on the stove. I love the hands-off nature of crock pots. Of course, you could always opt to cook it on the stovetop for 30 minutes or so instead. And here’s a more traditional easy, healthy black bean soup recipe uses canned black beans and comes together in about 1 hour on the stovetop.
How Many Calories and WeightWatchers Points in this Black Bean Soup?
I adapted this recipe from Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet, so you know it’s Weight Watchers friendly.
According to my calculations, each cup has only 151 calories. To see your WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, Click here! This works with WW Simply Filling too, if you are old enough to remember that previous WW plan that I personally adored.
Why are Black Beans Good for Weight Watchers Intent on Losing Weight?
Black beans are an excellent choice for weight loss due to several reasons:
Rich in Fiber: Black beans are high in dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Fiber adds bulk to your diet, making you feel fuller for a longer period. This can help control appetite and reduce overall calorie intake.
Protein Content: Protein is crucial for maintaining muscle mass, and it also contributes to the feeling of fullness. Black beans are a good plant-based source of protein, making them suitable for individuals looking to increase protein intake for weight loss.
Low in Fat: Black beans are naturally low in fat, particularly saturated fat. Choosing foods that are lower in unhealthy fats can contribute to a healthier diet and support weight loss goals.
Complex Carbohydrates: The carbohydrates in black beans are complex, providing a steady release of energy. This can help regulate blood sugar levels, preventing sharp spikes and crashes that might lead to cravings and overeating.
Nutrient Density: Black beans are packed with essential nutrients, including vitamins (such as folate) and minerals (like iron and magnesium). Choosing nutrient-dense foods is important for overall health, and it can help ensure you get the necessary nutrients while managing calorie intake.
Blood Sugar Regulation: The fiber and protein content in black beans contribute to better blood sugar control. Stable blood sugar levels can help prevent energy slumps and reduce the likelihood of reaching for unhealthy snacks.
Versatility in Cooking: Black beans are versatile and can be incorporated into various dishes, from salads and soups to wraps and casseroles. Their adaptability makes it easier to include them in a variety of meals, promoting a diverse and satisfying diet.
While black beans can be a valuable addition to a weight loss-friendly diet, it’s essential to consider overall dietary patterns, portion control, and a balanced lifestyle. Incorporating a variety of nutrient-dense foods and staying mindful of overall calorie intake are key factors in successful weight management. Here are more WW friendly recipes featuring black beans for your consideration: vegetarian black bean burgers, WW black bean mango salsa, Southwest Shrimp Black Bean Salad, Warm Refried Black Bean Dip, Southwest Quinoa Black Bean Skillet, Skinny Spicy Black Bean Soup, 4-Ingredient Black Bean Corn Soup, Slow Cooker Black Bean Pumpkin Chili, WW Skinny Cheese Black Bean Nachos, 2-Ingredient Black Bean Brownies, Slow Cooker Caribbean Black Beans, Southwest Black Beans & Quinoa, Instant Pot Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili, Skinny Instant Pot Black Bean Soup, Low Calorie Chicken, Black Bean & Brown Rice Burrito Bowl, Creamy Chile Corn Soup with Chicken and Black Beans, Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup with Black Beans,
4-Ingredient Black Bean Soup Recipe Ingredients
2 cans (14-15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups vegetable broth
¾ cup your favorite fruit flavored tomato based salsa (I like peach and mango)
½ teaspoon ground cumin
How to Make 4-Ingredient Black Bean Soup in the Slow Cooker
Step 1: Gather and prep your ingredients.
Step 2: In a blender combine the black beans, broth, salsa and cumin. Blend until mixture is smooth and creamy. (Or leave slightly chunky, if desired.)
Step 3: Pour the mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 – 5 hours until the soup thickens and flavors meld.
Step 4: Taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt and pepper as necessary. If you like, top each serving with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of cilantro, and/or a squeeze of lime.
Optional Black Bean Soup Toppings
(Be sure to adjust SmartPoints accordingly)
Fat-free sour cream
Non-fat Greek yogurt
Finely chopped red onion
Low-fat shredded cheese
Crushed tortilla chips
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Easy 4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup Recipe
Click here to see your WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site.
5 *SmartPoints (Old Green plan)
0 *SmartPoints (Old Blue plan)
0 *SmartPoints (Old Purple plan)
3 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Source: adapted for the slow cooker from Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet by Lisa Lillien
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan’s ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you like easy slow cooked 4-ingredient black bean soup, you might also like:
Skinny & Delicious Black Bean Soup Recipes
Slow Cooker Caribbean Black Beans
Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup with Black Beans
Warm Refried Black Bean Dip
Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers
Southwest Quinoa & Black Bean Skillet
Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.
A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.
She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she’s not experimenting in the kitchen, you’re likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.
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Originally published April 2014; Republished with new photos and additional content January 2024