Easy Crockpot Black Bean Soup

We’re big fans of black beans in my house. I use them in my chili and recently figured out how to turn them into burgers. Now, I’m back with a new recipe. One that became a family favorite after the first pot.

It’s really easy to make. You don’t even need to worry about soaking the beans.

Here’s what you need:

  • 16oz bag of dried black beans
  • 32oz carton of beef broth
  • 14.5oz can of beef broth
  • Red bell pepper, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (ribs & seeds removed), diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 2 tsp mild chili powder
  • 1 tsp sweet leaf basil
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 15.25oz can of corn, drained
  • 12oz sausage with bacon, browned, crumbled, and rinsed

Here’s what you do:

Rinse the beans and add them to the crockpot. Pour in the broth, add the peppers, bay leaves, carrots, onions, garlic, and spices. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours.

After cooking all day it will look very thick but it will all loosen up as you stir it. Remove the bay leaves. With an immersion blender, carefully blend the soup to the desired consistency. I chose to leave mine a little chunky. You wouldn’t have to do this step, but it does give the soup a creamy texture. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you could remove a cup or two and blend it in a regular blender.

Stir in the browned sausage and corn. Cook for another 15 minutes to bring them to temperature. I chose to wait to add these last two ingredients because I didn’t want them blended in… and because I wanted the corn to be crisper and not overcooked.

This is a very hearty soup with a smoky flavor. It’s hearty and flavorful enough that I didn’t even want crackers with it. This is the kind of soup that’s best enjoyed with some fresh, crusty bread to dip in it. I garnished my bowl with a little bit of sour cream.

Want to make this soup vegetarian? Swap vegetable broth for the beef broth and skip the sausage. I’m sure it would still be good.

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Easy Homemade Black Bean Burgers

My youngest daughter is a big fan of black beans. She could eat them right out of the can. So when she asked if we could make black bean burgers I knew she wasn’t kidding.

We researched some recipes online… and then did what we usually do. Adapted and mashed them all together into a recipe that was our own and that we thought we would enjoy. This recipe is what we came up with.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 ¼ cups quick oats
  • 1 half onion, finely diced
  • 1 half yellow pepper, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup shredded cheese
  • 2 tbls. Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 tbls. BBQ sauce
  • ¼ tsp seasoned salt

What you do:

Bake the beans on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet at 325° for 14 minutes. While the beans are baking sautee onion, garlic, and pepper until tender. You can sautee them in butter or your favorite oil. I went with bacon grease for flavor.

Mix the beans, onion, garlic, and pepper in a bowl. Stir in the quick oats, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, cheese, and eggs. Mash all over with a fork. Stir one final time and put in the refrigerator to chill for 15 minutes.

Form into 4-6 patties… depending on how big you want your burgers.

Grill on lightly oiled foil over medium heat for 15 minutes, flipping halfway.  You could also bake, pan-fry, or air fry them.

Black Bean Burger
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Review: School of rock the musical at Des Moines civic center

Pure fun! If I was tasked to write the shortest review possible of School of Rock The Musical, playing April 30th thru May 5th at Des Moines Civic Center, “pure fun” would be it.

I’ve never seen the hit movie this musical is based on but that really didn’t matter. The story felt familiar and the music was incredible… which you’d expect with Andrew Lloyd Webber being responsible for the score.

The School of Rock is a show that starts as a musical and ends as a rock concert. Along the way is the story of Dewey, a “wannabe” rocker, that finds himself becoming the substitute teacher at a prestigious school. He teaches his students how to rock and be themselves… and they help him achieve a personal goal.

The scene where Dewey turns his class into a rock band and assigns each student a roll in it is one of pure joy. I couldn’t help but smile… and be amazed knowing that each of these young actresses and actors was playing their own instruments.

School of Rock is the perfect show for anyone that loves music… and loves to laugh. Even though it’s based on a movie that’s more than 15 years old, there’s plenty of updated and timely references. Including one near the beginning that was as a “shout out” to a popular Des Moines area eatery.

This show would also be the perfect introduction to musical theater for any tween or teen. They could certainly relate to the story and will be drawn in by the young talent on the stage.

School Of Rock The Musical is part of the 2018-2019 Des Moines Performing Arts Willis Broadway Series. Get tickets and learn more about the show here.

***I was provided with press night tickets for the show to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.***

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