Bean and Rice Soup

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Forget diamonds, a crockpot is a girl’s best friend. (Well, after the freezer, that is.) Who else will slave away on lunch or dinner with nary a complaint while you go galivanting about the place doing whatever you want?

I use one of my three crockpots at least twice a week. In fact, many homeschool lunches are made sooo much easier by the using the crockpot. I just put the ingredients in the slow cooker when I wake up and can go about my day, knowing that our lunch plan is taken care of.

This simple soup recipe was a brainstorm to use up some leftover rice and beans that we had had for dinner the night before. Remaking leftovers is a great way to reduce waste and make the most of what you have. Most of these ingredients are pantry staples, making it an easy emergency supper as well. Reduce the amount of taco seasoning if you aren’t a spicy fan.

What’s a favorite slow cooker recipe of yours?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. I LOVE crockpot recipes! I use mine like once a week. I can’t wait to come back tomorrow and check out all the recipes, thanks! The soup looks awesome!

  2. Kim says

    I affectionately refer to my crock pot as my “slave” because it does all the work! Nothing better than being out all afternoon for errands & coming home to a meal ready to eat. I shared an old post but it is one of my favorite soups to come home to on a rainy day!

  3. The crock is simply a treasure chest when it comes to reworking left overs. That and the casserole in the oven! I finally made a quiche for the first time and share my trails today on the swap. All the best! Alex

  4. Beans and rice…classic combo:-)

  5. Amanda Y. says

    Hope you see this, couldn’t find out how to email you (I”ve been a reader for a few years now but don’t often comment)–I seem to remember your daughter is allergic to egg whites, but thought this article from tropical traditions suggested it’s not the eggs but the soy in them, so wanted to offer that to you to read!

  6. Kris says

    I’m excited about trying the crockpot recipes. I love my crockpot, it has saved me many times. 🙂

  7. Tami says

    In the past couple of years, I’ve really come to like crockpot cooking. I have several great recipes on my blog to share with everyone and I can’t wait to check out all of these blogs for even more delicious recipes.

    I’ve been a lurker for a while now and finally today I decided to join in. 🙂 Love your blog! Thanks for hosting this swap!

  8. Beautiful presentation of the soup on the white platter.. Looks really good.

  9. My crock pot is an essential part of my life of four children and a job as a preschool teacher. I linked up our family favorite “Crock Pot Corned Beef”. It is finished off with a glaze in the oven. It’s delicious! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  10. Wendy R says

    Question: If I wanted to use dried beans instead of canned, how much would I use?

    • Jessica Fisher says

      @Wendy R, the recipe won’t work as is if you use dried beans. I usually cook up huge pots of beans and freeze them in 2 cup portions.

      If you’re going to cook the beans in the soup, you’ll have presoak, omit the meat and rice, cook the beans all day, with possibly more liquid, and then add the other things an hour or two before serving. It’s pretty much a different recipe if you go with uncooked beans. Hope that helps!

  11. Lyuba says

    I love crock pot dishes. Your soup sounds great. I didn’t have a ready recipe on my blog so I linked my latest soup, hope you like it!

  12. Jessika says

    I used to make this recipe for MOPS. It’s also great for big family breakfasts. I omit the sausage.

  13. Kay says

    I’d love to try this receipe but I have one question. I usually don’t have tomato sauce on hand. What can I use as a substitute for that?

    • Jessica Fisher says

      @Kay, how can you LIVE without tomato sauce? 😉 It’s a staple here since my kids don’t love tomato chunks in their food. I add tomato by sauce.

      You could sub fresh or canned tomatoes instead of sauce.

  14. Thank you for hosting! I am always on the prowl for new recipes and I love to come home from work and have dinner ready!

  15. Ryan says

    Hi! I apologize for the above, I tried to leave my link and left my name in the wrong box. Didn’t mean to mess up the recipe list! Love seeing all of the crock pot recipes. My favorite!!

  16. Pat says

    I just found your blog and thought I’d add a recipe…even though it isn’t for a crock pot. I hope that’s ok! I am going back to check all the good recipes already added.

  17. everything looks yummy 🙂

  18. Ellen says

    Could you put the rice in uncooked in this recipe? I’m guessing you might have to increase the amount of liquid…

    • Jessica Fisher says

      Yes, just add 1/3 cup uncooked rice and add liquid as needed at the end.

  19. Karen says

    I’m going to have to try this one! We have some navy beans (can’t get black beans here in Eastern Europe), some leftover chicken, and all the other ingredients. Thanks for sharing this!

  20. Lynette W. says

    Hi Jessica! I’m trying this out for the first time today, but I noticed that there was no listing of how many this feeds or a crock size (another indicator of servings 😉 ) I know you have 6 kids, but after dumping everything in, it’s right around 1/2 of my 6 qt crock-pot. Do you normally double this to feed your family of 8? We have 6 here, and luckily one of mine is a Fiver so she won’t eat much (plus it’s new….plus she happens to be sick right now!) So we should get by on one batch today, but I’m guessing – you double right?

    Thanks so much! Love your blog!

    • Well, four years ago my kids ate a lot less! LOL To make it now, it would get doubled for sure.

      • Lynette W. says

        LOL! I forgot to check the date on that 😉 I made the soup yesterday and it was PHENOMENAL!!! Everyone here loved it and ate it!! It’s really a filling soup! I will double the recipe in the future for some leftovers for the next day – but wow! Great Soup! Thank you for the recipe!

        • What a difference, eh? I can’t believe that they could eat so little once upon a time. 🙂 Glad you liked it!

  21. One of my favorites is “Salsa Chicken” – 2-4 chicken breasts and 1-2 jars of salsa – combine, set on low, cook 4-6 hours 🙂

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