Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
I couldn't find a Black Bean Soup recipe I liked, and I'm lazy, so I use canned beans. You can tweak the spiciness to your taste! To make this a vegetarian/vegan version, just leave out the bacon or use soy bacony bits, and use a vegetable broth. Super yummy either way! *NEW* Edited out the Oops's-- thanks Reviewers!! :D
- 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 1⁄2 large onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, sliced fairly thin
- 1 green peppers, chopped or 1 cup frozen diced green pepper
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 3 slices bacon
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 dash salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup soy bacon bits (they do add a nice flavor) (optional)
- In a large pot, fry bacon until crisp, set aside. (or just heat the pan and add olive oil).
- In the remaining bacon grease (or olive oil) saute the onion, garlic, carrot, pepper & celery about 5 minutes, until fragrant.
- Add chicken stock, water, lime juice, beans, bacon(or not bacon), and spices.
- Bring to a boil, lower heat, and let simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until veggies are tender.
- Being very careful not to get splashed by hot soup, take your potato masher, and mash the soup. You could take some out and run it through the blender, but this works just as well, and is less dangerous. Stir between mashings, and don't think you have to puree it, it's nice with some bits!
- Serve hot, we like it with cornbread!
This was a very unusually spiced soup - very different from any other black bean soup I've ever made. I quite enjoyed it! I halved the recipe and used the oil instead of bacon option. I also used red instead of green pepper and left out the celery. The lesser amount of cayenne was perfect for my taste (spicy but not overly so). Thanks for the recipe!
I agree with previous comment. More beans needed. When was the lime juice to be added? Otherwise a very good soup.
Tasted great, but it definetly needed another can of black beans. I'd run out, so I used red beans which was good too.