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Slow Cooker Vegan White Bean Soup

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This slow cooker vegan white bean soup is loaded with veggies and a rich smoky flavor. It’s a hearty yet light, and an easy weeknight meal.

vegan white bean soup served with avocado and greek yogurt in a white bowl

Spring and summer are here, and although I’ve moved more towards making lighter dishes, lately I have been craving a warm and veggie loaded soup. 

Enter: This slow cooker vegan white bean soup. It’s a cross between a soup and chili with a rich smoky flavor that comes from the ancho chili peppers. 

I absolutely love using my slow cooker to prepare dried beans and lentils. Using a variety of spices I have on hand, I ended up with a delicious smoky vegan white bean soup that’s packed with veggies, protein and deep spices.

And can I just tell you – the leftovers the next day were even more rich and flavorful. The perfect balance of heat from the ancho chilis, the freshness of the veggies, and sweetness from the tomatoes rounded out this meal. There is no reason to feel guilty after eating a huge bowl (or two!) of this recipe.

vegan white bean soup served with avocado and greek yogurt in a white bowl

I topped it with a dollop of vegan sour cream and some chopped cilantro – but you can use any toppings you like: avocado, crushed tortilla chips – the possibilities are endless!

This makes a TON of food so it’s perfect for serving a large group of people. It also freezes great so you can always make a big batch and save some for later. My family loved this dish and said it even rivaled my “Best Vegetarian Chili” recipe!

Tools and Equipment You’ll Need

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How to Make Vegan White Soup – Step by Step

Step 1: Combine 1 cup diced onion, 1 cup diced bell pepper, cilantro, oregano, garlic, and ancho chile peppers in a food processor; process until almost smooth. .

onion, bell pepper, cilantro, oregano, garlic, and ancho chile peppers in a blender
onion, bell pepper, cilantro, oregano, garlic, and ancho chile peppers in a blender

Step 2: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion mixture to pan; cook 8 minutes or until liquid nearly evaporates, stirring frequently. Add cumin and next 6 ingredients (through bay leaf); cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. .

onion mixture added to pan

Step 3: Transfer mixture to a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Stir in remaining onion, 1 cup bell pepper, broth, beans, and tomato puree; cover and cook on LOW 7.5 hours.

all ingredients in slow cooker

Step 4: Stir in remaining bell pepper, zucchini, and diced tomatoes

bell pepper, zucchini added to slow cooker

Step 5: Cook on LOW 30 minutes – 1 hour or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf.

soup in slow cooker

Step 6: Top chili with a dollop of vegan sour cream, cilantro, crushed corn chips, diced avocado – or anything you like!

vegan white bean soup served with avocado and greek yogurt in a white bowl

What makes this Vegan White Bean Soup healthy?

  • Loaded with Vegetables: Onions, peppers, cilantro, garlic, tomatoes, and zucchini. All these added veggies give this soup a chunky texture without adding fat or calories.
  • Low in Fat and Calories: One serving of this soup has 215 calories and and only 2 grams of fat.
  • High in Protein and Fiber: The white beans in this soup add protein and fiber. The protein and fiber makes this soup hearty and filling, yet still light.
  • Rich in Vitamins and Nutrients: The added veggies and white beans make this a nutrient rich soup. White beans are high in folate and iron, white veggies like zucchini are high in B6, Vitamin A, folate, riboflavin, and thiamine. 

Will kids enjoy this slow cooker soup?

My kids really enjoyed this soup. The recipe makes a ton, so we enjoyed eating it as left overs, and the kids gobbled it up. The key to making this kid friendly is cooling the spice. Adding a dollop of vegan sour cream, or topping with creamy avocado also helps to neutralize the spice. 

vegan white bean soup served with avocado and greek yogurt in a white bowl

Dried White Beans vs. Canned White Beans

Using dried white beans is less expensive than canned. Canned beans often have added salt, so using dried reduces the sodium in your recipes.

There are also some concerns about using canned items due to BPA. However, you can find canned beans and other foods that are BPA free, and most canned items have now adopted BPA free liners. 

Canned beans offer convenience, as they are already pre-cooked, and can reduce the overall cooking time of this soup from 7 hours to 4 hours. 

What are ancho chiles?

This recipe calls for ancho chiles. Ancho chiles are sweet and smoky. It’s what gives this soup a rich depth of flavor. They are dark red, and wrinkled, with a mild heat. 

What do you serve with Vegan White Bean Soup?

  • Crusty whole grain bread
  • A light green salad
  • Side of steamed or roasted vegetables
  • Grilled veggie sandwich
vegan white bean soup served with avocado and greek yogurt in a white bowl

Top Tips for Making the Perfect Slow Cooker Soup

  • Be sure to blend the onion, bell pepper, cilantro, oregano, garlic, and ancho chile peppers, and sauté before adding to the slow cooker. This really helps to combine the ingredients and deepens the rich flavor of the soup.
  • Chop remaining vegetables into even pieces for a more uniform bite.
  • Using dried white beans increases the cooking time in the slow cooker.
  • If you do not have dried beans and use canned beans you can reduce cooking time to 4 hrs.
  • You can use any mix of vegetables you like in this recipe! Corn, summer squash, and leafy greens would all work well.

Check out these other vegan soup recipes!

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vegan white bean soup served with avocado and greek yogurt in a white bowl
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5 from 4 votes

Slow Cooker Vegan White Bean Soup

This slow cooker vegan white bean soup is loaded with veggies and a rich smoky flavor. It's a hearty yet light, and an easy weeknight meal.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time9 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 214kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 red onions diced
  • 3 bell peppers diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro stems
  • 1.5 tbsp dried oregano
  • 7 garlic cloves
  • 3 dried ancho chile peppers stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1.75 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4.5 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 16 oz dried white beans
  • 28 oz unsalted tomato puree 1 container
  • 3 zucchini chopped
  • 15 oz unsalted fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained 1 can

Instructions

  • Combine 1 cup diced onion, 1 cup diced bell pepper, cilantro, oregano, garlic, and ancho chile peppers in a food processor; process until almost smooth.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion mixture to pan; cook 8 minutes or until liquid nearly evaporates, stirring frequently. Add cumin and next 6 ingredients (through bay leaf); cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Transfer mixture to a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Stir in remaining onion, 1 cup bell pepper, broth, beans, and tomato puree; cover and cook on LOW 7.5 hours.
  • Stir in remaining bell pepper, zucchini, and diced tomatoes; cook on LOW 30 minutes – 1 hour or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf.
  • Top chili with a dollop of vegan sour cream, cilantro, crushed corn chips, diced avocado – or anything you like!

Notes

Top Tips for Making the Perfect Slow Cooker Soup
  • Be sure to blend the onion, bell pepper, cilantro, oregano, garlic, and ancho chile peppers, and sauté before adding to the slow cooker. This really helps to combine the ingredients and deepens the rich flavor of the soup.
  • Chop remaining vegetables into even pieces for a more uniform bite.
  • Using dried white beans increases the cooking time in the slow cooker.
  • If you do not have dried beans and use canned beans you can reduce cooking time to 4 hrs.
  • You can use any mix of vegetables you like in this recipe! Corn, summer squash, and leafy greens would all work well.

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.4g | Protein: 11.7g | Fat: 1.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 441.7mg | Fiber: 8.9g | Sugar: 5g
 

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22 responses to “Slow Cooker Vegan White Bean Soup”

  1. This recipe looks amazing – perfect for those nights you want comfort, without something too heavy. Bookmarking for the weekend! Thanks!

  2. I love hearty soups and this one sounds so delicious. Pass nice and chunky slice of homemade bread and I’m sorted!5 stars

  3. This is great Anjali! My favorite thing to do with bean or lentil dishes is to always add some fried bacon. It might not be vegetarian but I think it will work perfectly with this dish!

  4. it look so yummy. really mouth watering !! i’m gonna try to make this amazing Smoky White Bean Chili . Thank you Anjali 🙂

  5. Hi Anjali – this looks great. I think we definitely have space for a few more chilli bean nights before summer finally sets in over here in England!

    • Thanks Bijal! I can’t wait for you to try this recipe – I’m sure you will love it. Let me know how it goes!

  6. I have been following your blog for so many years and love your creativity! I love your other chili recipe and am going to try this one tonight. I am a non-vegetarian and am slowly trying to cut back. Between your awesome recipes and my mom’s Indian veggie food, I feel so empowered to cut back on meat. Clearly I am not missing any flavors! Lots of well wishes to you!

    • Hi Renee! It’s so wonderful to “meet” you – I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my recipes on my blog for years now 🙂 I’m sure you will love this recipe when you try it – you will definitely not miss the meat in it, I promise! Keep me posted on how it goes!

  7. This looks beautiful and oh so delicious! I bet even my carnivorous husband would savor this dish! I cannot wait to try it out. I will comment back with reviews!

    • Thank you so much Rebecca!! I’m sure you and your husband will love this recipe – you will have to let me know how it goes! 🙂

  8. This was a favorite comfort food of mine when I lived in Wisconsin. I never used the crock pot, nor did I add the yogurt as a condiment. Nice touch! And everything tastes better when it’s slow cooked!
    Thanks for solving another weeknight dilemma: dinner. 🙂

    • Of course!! 🙂 I can’t wait for you to try this recipe – I’m sure it will bring back memories of being in Wisconsin!

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