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Easy Slow-Cooker Lime and Cilantro Beans

Easy Slow-Cooker Lime and Cilantro Beans


  • 3 cups dry beans (rinsed; I normally use black beans, but others work fine too)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 3-4 limes (squeezed)
  • salt


  1. Rinse the beans (don’t forget to check for rocks!) and put in slow-cooker with water.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. (Cook time may vary for other types of beans.)
  3. After beans are cooked, add cilantro, lime juice and salt to taste.
  4. Serve with avocado, sour cream, tortilla chips and shredded cheddar cheese, or enjoy solo!

Family Note: Israel LOVES these beans! He helps me wash and sort through them, then after they’re done he wants them for every meal till the leftovers run out, breakfast included! lol

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  1. Nancy tracey

    I’m looking at your cilantro beans recipe, can you tell me an estimate as to amount of cilantro to use. Our store sells pretty large bunches of cilantro. God bless you.

    • Derick & Jill

      Hey Nancy,
      I think I put anywhere from 1/3-1/2 of the bunch in there…I go very much by the flavor/taste testing method. LOL And of course if it’s a massive sized bunch, then I might use a little less and freeze the rest! Yes, I totally freeze my cilantro! I wash it all, chop it all up and whatever I don’t use I throw in the freezer for a later time! Saves it from rotting in the fridge!

  2. HaNnah lowieN

    I was wondering – is there an ingredient missing? Only the picture looks like it might have tinned tomatoes or something in it, but there’s nothing like that in the recipe?

    • Derick & Jill

      Hey Hannah,
      In the picture I took I used a mixture of red beans and black beans, hence the reddish color. No ingredients are missing in the recipe. Thanks, Jill

  3. Gina

    Hi Jill! I love all your recipes!! In your last Instagram post you mentioned these- they look different in your IG picture- did you pour them over rice? Thank you

    • Derick & Jill

      Yes! We served ours with rice and used black beans as opposed to the red beans pictured in this recipe! 🙂

  4. Amanda

    Have you ever froze this? If so any suggestions? I’m the only one in my house that will eat it and would love to make a large batch to have when I want them.

    • Derick & Jill

      I’ve never froze it, but I’m sure you could. 🙂

      • Julie

        Hi Dillard family,
        Is this the same recipe as the Instagram post recently? Either way, looks delicious. Miss you guys on the show. ♥️

        • Derick & Jill

          Yes! 🙂 I used red beans in this picture, but in my instagram post I used black beans and it was served over rice. 🙂

  5. Heather

    These beans are super easy and delicious! They have become a regular meal in our home. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe!

    • Derick & Jill

      Aww. Yay! Glad you like them! They’re a favorite here too!


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