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 Recipe

28 Reviews for Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup

Not Crockpot Friendly

This recipe may be okay cooked on the stovetop but doesn't lend itself to crockpot cooking. The barley was mushy and slimy which was a turn off. The seasoning it called for was not enough so it was very bland. I had to add a lot more just to make it edible.

The recipe was undeniably healthy and easy
Zesty and healthy!

I made this in slow cooker. I subbed drained canned beans, to expedite cooking. Added rotel tomatoes and tripled spices. I subbed some already cooked quinoa for the barley. I also used my immersion blender to liquify about two cups worth. Gave the broth a creamy texture. Still used two cups of broth.Really loved it!

Easy, cheap
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Anonymous wrote 28 weeks 5 days ago

If you used cooked quinoa did

If you used cooked quinoa did you still use 9 cups of water?

Anonymous wrote 28 weeks 6 days ago

I was wondering if you could

I was wondering if you could substitue quinoa


I made this with vegetable broth and added a can of diced tomatoes. This soup is amazing. I did make a double batch and I'm really happy I did.

Easy, vegetarian, hearty, healthy

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 1 year 1 week 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.


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