Nothing takes the chill out of a winter’s day like a steaming hot bowl of a hearty homemade soup. Easy Slow Cooker Black Bean and Hambone Soup with Cumin will fill your kitchen with irresistible aromas while deliverying a satisfying meal.
I am of the belief that often the more simple food is the best and this Slow Cooker Black Bean and Hambone Soup with Cumin certainly fills the bill! In the cold weather months, rustic recipes always tug at my food sensibilities like an irresistible child begging for me to come along on one of their meanders. I’m never disappointed. Hearty flavors, chunky textures and some healthy, whole ingredients always lead me where I want to go.
Soup is definitely a favorite at this time of year. I really could eat it for every meal. Over the winter holiday we had a ham for one meal. After enjoying the initial meal, nibbling on the ham itself, making it into several dishes, we were down to the bone and small pieces of meat that would not amount to anything on their own.
A Secret to make Slow Cooker Black Bean & Hambone Soup EVEN Better!
A favorite thing I’ve begun to do especially after Easter when we often have ham, is to make Ham Stock. If you’ve never made it you really must. It is a luscious broth that elevates any soup.
On this occasion I really wanted to make some ham and bean soup with the help of my slow cooker but did not have any ham stock. The long hours of simmering in the slow cooker build a fantastic stock thanks to the addition of the holy trinity for homemade stock: carrots, celery and onions.
How to make Slow Cooker Black Bean & Hambone Soup with Cumin
I’ve made this simple Slow Cooker Black Bean & Hambone Soup with Cumin recipe with the ingredients for a from-scratch broth, black beans, the ham bone and favorite spices. The aroma as it simmers throughout the day is spicy and soul-warming. It’s not a heavy soup but dense with the vegetables, beans and ham.
The flavors are similar to a chili so it’s a great soup to layer on some toppings such as diced cilantro, sliced jalapenos, a dollop of sour cream, or grated cheese. It’s a healthy, satisfying soupthat will become a family favorite.
TIP: if you make this soup with a stripped down ham bone or hock with no meat on it, you can add 1/4 pound of thick cut ham (1/2 inch thick), from a deli, chopped, to add more flavor and texture if desired.
Eat it ‘as is’…
With spicy, ‘skinny’ toppings….
Or, ‘the works’…..
More easy Slow Cooker Soup recipes with BIG flavor You’ll Love:
- Slow Cooker Shortcut Red Posole Soup
- Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup
- Slow Cooker Spicy Chorizo Green Chile Cannellini Bean Soup
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Slow Cooker Black Bean & Hambone Soup with Cumin
With the help of the slow cooker, this healthy, flavorful Black Bean & Ham soup will fill your house with a delicious aroma. It takes little preparation and is a great use of a leftover ham bone. If you make this soup with a stripped down ham bone or hock with no meat on it, you can add 1/4 pound of thick cut ham (1/2 inch thick), from a deli, chopped, to add more flavor and texture if desired.
- ½ large Red Onion , chopped
- 2 Celery Stalks , diced
- 1 large Carrot , scrubbed and diced
- 1 large Hambone or 2 ham hocks
- 1 25-ounce can Black Beans (or 2 ½ cups homemade Black Beans), rinsed and drained
- 6 cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock or Broth
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground Cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground Coriander
- Garnish options: chopped fresh Cilantro , sliced jalapeno peppers, sliced red sweet pepper, sour cream, grated cheddar cheese
- Place the onion, celery and carrots on the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the ham bone or ham hocks. Pour black beans over the ham bone, followed by the stock and spices. Cook on low for 8 hours. When ham meat is cooked, strip it from the bone and add it back into the soup (discard the bone).