Slow Cooker Black Bean & Chorizo Soup is an easy-to-prep dinner with deep, rich flavors - perfect for a cozy night in!
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Slow cooker black bean chorizo soup

Slow cooker black bean chorizo soup is an easy-to-prep dinner with deep, rich flavors - perfect for a cozy night in!
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 541
Author Kathryn Doherty

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 1 ham hock
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped (preferably red but green works too)
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 oz. chicken chorizo sliced into 1/2-inch pieces

For serving: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream or Greek yogurt, chopped fresh cilantro, hot sauce

    Instructions

    • Add everything but the chorizo to the slow cooker.
    • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
    • Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the sausage on both sides, about 5 minutes total.
    • After 8 hours, remove the bay leaf and ham hock from the soup and discard.
    • Use a potato masher and lightly mash the beans.
    • Add the seared chorizo to the soup and stir to combine.
    • Cover and cook on low for an additional 45 minutes to let the flavors combine.
    • Taste and adjust seasonings and serve warm, with desired toppings.

    Notes

    Ham hocks are a Southern favorite for flavoring soup, especially on a budget. If you can’t find any, you could substitute chopped salted pork, chopped smoked bacon or chopped smoked ham.
    I prefer the black beans partially mashed after they have cooked. I think it gives more texture and creaminess to the soup, but you can skip that step if you prefer.
    If you’d prefer to use regular chorizo, cook it in a medium pan and either stir it into the soup at the very end or serve the soup with the crumbled chorizo sprinkled on top.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 1059mg | Potassium: 1387mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 4.6mg