Our escape on a chilly evening? The slow cooker. Come home to our favorite main dishes, sides, appetizers, and drinks that are sure to soothe your family with the simple joys of comfort food.
Caribbean Black Bean Soup
Big, bold, and full of flavor—that’s the name of the game with this easy soup. It uses a whole head of garlic for an intense savory quality. Don’t worry: Over the eight-hour cook time, the flavor mellows a bit. Three jalapeño peppers, with their seeds, add a good bit of spicy kick; if you prefer a milder dish, seed the peppers and remove the inner membranes. As is, the soup is vegetarian; but if you want to add meat, we’d recommend browned cubes of pork shoulder. Serve with a cooling mango salad, or serve over rice to tame the flame.