Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup

November/December 2010

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Serve this zesty bean and barley soup garnished with chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime, if desired.

"I wonder about the slow cooker version of this recipe - it indicates to use 2 cups of water instead of 9 cups. Can this be incorrect? It doesn't seem like nearly enough water to soften the beans. "
Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup

30 Reviews for Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup


This recipe was great for the crock pot. But I can't imagine seven less cups of water! I made it on the stove and then put it in the crock pot. That way I didn't have to stir it. It's still very good. I can see that reducing the liquid would make it thicker. I might try it that way next time.

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Anonymous wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Two cups IS too little. I

Two cups IS too little. I used the two cups then added more water/broth as it cooked. Wish I'd kept track of how much more I added.

This recipe is awesome.

We modified this recipe to just add some cut up chicken and turkey sausage. It was spectacular.

Slow Cooker makes it taste great!

I cooked in in the slow cooker for seven hours on low and it turned out like a great stew.

Modifications to the recipe:
-make sure to only put two cups of water instead of the nine if using in the slow cooker; if you want more of a soup, maybe add more.
- double the spices (oregano, chili pepper, cumin)
- add a can of rotel tomatoes and diced chili


spicy, flavorful, high in protein
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Anonymous wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

2 c water is not enough if

2 c water is not enough if using dried beans!

Hearty Soup

Followed the suggestion of others and doubled the spices. Glad I did; I think it would have been very bland if I hadn't. It took a very long time to cook on the stove. At first I couldn't believe the amount of liquid called for: 11 cups in total. But I ended up adding about an additional cup of broth before it was finished. All and all, an excellent soup, just what we needed for a cold winter day.

This was real good, me and my family loved this

I agree with the other viewers it needed more spice, and I made mine in crock pot so it did need more that 2 cups of water. I added my own seasonings, abodo and saizon and a drop of chipote sauce, and it came out real great


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