Cuban Black Bean Soup - Healthier Version

READY IN: 1hr 50mins
Recipe by Linky

A famous comfort food made just a bit healthier and with fewer calories. Taken from Raichlen's Healthy Latin Cooking.

Top Review by Annacia

I don't usually take the time to soak beans but just start early and let them cook until dinner time. I did soak this time though and I have to admit that they do end up being the better for it. I made half the recipe as it's only for myself and I love that the ingredients don't take a calculator to do the math. It's a delicious soup without the bacon (my personal preference) and all of the ingredients come together like a song, harmonious. Lots of flavor and texture. Thanks Linky for another treat.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine beans and water and let soak overnight.
  2. Next day, add chile peppers (or 1/2 red pepper), 2 cloves of garlic to the beans. Cut an onion in half, "pin" the bay leaf to one half with the clove, add onion halves to beans.
  3. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover loosely and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour, until beans are tender.
  4. Chop remaining onion, mince remaining garlic.
  5. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  6. Add onions, garlic, chopped peppers, celery and bacon to skillet. Cook for 4 minutes until soft, but not brown.
  7. Stir veggie/bacon mixture into beans. Add wine, vinegar, cumin and oregano.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Cover, reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes until beans are soft.
  10. Remove bay leaf, halved onions and whole garlic cloves.
  11. Blend 2 cups of soup in blender, return to soup.
  12. Season to taste with additional salt, pepper and vinegar, to taste.
  13. Serve topped with sour cream and scallion tops.
  14. (Preparation time does NOT include overnight soaking).

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