Slow-Cooker Bean & Barley Soup


Get dinner on the table on a busy day with ease with this load-&-go crock pot recipe. This zesty soup can simmer in the crock pot for an entire workday, making it perfect for a busy weekday meal. Bump up the Southwest flavors with a garnished of chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime, if desired.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 large stalk celery, diced

  • 1 large carrot, diced

  • 2 cups water

  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, "no-chicken" broth or vegetable broth (32-ounce carton)

  • ½ cup pearl barley

  • cup dried black beans

  • cup dried great northern beans

  • cup dried kidney beans

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¾ teaspoon salt


  1. Soak black beans, great northern beans and kidney beans in water for at least 6 hours or overnight. Drain and boil in fresh water for 10 minutes. Drain and add to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

  2. Add oil, onion, celery, carrot, water, broth, barley, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt to the slow cooker. Cover and cook until the beans are tender, about 3 hours on High or 6 hours on Low.

To Make Ahead

Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

196 Calories
4g Fat
32g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 196
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Vitamin A 2463IU 49%
Vitamin C 3mg 4%
Folate 55mcg 14%
Sodium 402mg 17%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Magnesium 39mg 9%
Potassium 466mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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