Black Bean Soup

READY IN: 2hrs 45mins
Recipe by Barb G.

These black beans are delicious. I have made these for years, everyone likes them. I have passed along the recipe to lots of people. I got the recipe out of a PG&E pamphlet (years ago). The recipe is from MUSTARD'S GRILL' in St. Helena CA, the Napa Valley. Prep time does not include soaking the beans.

Top Review by chia2160

i could swear i reviewed these when i first made them. this is THE recipe for black beans. i reserved half of the beans to serve with rice, and added 4 c of stock to make a soup with the rest. this will permanently replace my old recipe

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak beans overnight in the water OR bring to boil then let stand for 1 hour; drain.
  2. Cook bacon in heavy, large pot over medium heat until golden brown and crisp, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in garlic, celery, carrot, onion, jalapeño and bay leaf.
  4. Cook until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add chili powder, cumin, cayenne and pepper.
  6. Stir until aromatic, about 1 minute.
  7. Add beans and broth.
  8. Cook at a slow boil until beans are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  9. I have used more broth to make it a soup.
  10. Season with salt.
  11. Mustard's serves these beans topped with chopped red onions, a dollop of sour cream and chopped chives.

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