By Barb Gertz on October 16, 2002
Photo by Rainbowz
Photo by Rainbowz
"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."
Serving Size: 1 (648 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"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"
"Wow! What a wonderful soup, Not sure if I got carried away with the cayenne or the jalapeno but my lips may never be the same. May tame the fire next time. Still have to do the topping bit which would also make a diff. But really great."
"This was excellent. If you cannot take the "fire" reduce the amount of pepper(s) to the low end as stated in the recipe. "
"I made these with just a few minor adjustments. I skipped the bacon and used olive oil to saute the veggies, I doubled the carrots and celery, and rather than cayenne pepper, I used a bit of chipotle chilli powder. Wow, the beans are yummy! I portioned them out and froze them to grab to take to work for lunches, with some veggies and some home-made bread. but I'm sure I'll pull them out and use them for dinners or the refried beans as another reviewer suggested!"
"Beans are not even done yet - keep stealing tastes of the broth. AWESOME! Did use 8 oz ham instead of 4 oz bacon - might lower the fat a bit that way....can't wait til dinner!"
"I've eaten many a black bean and this recipe, by far, is the best. It has a rich, complex flavor that isn't heavy. The first time I made it I reduced the liquid because didn't want it too soupy, but this was a mistake. Add what the recipe calls for and let the beans cook until the desired consistency is achieved."
"Did not have bacon ,so I cooked veggies in butter. Also,had to use garlic powder and left out chili powder. Felt that might make it taste too much like chili and I wanted a different taste.Also cooked it in crock pot cause I had to take dd to Dr.Very good. Kids and I liked it. Dh said it was,just okay. Probably won't make again cause he didn't like it.Might make for pot lucks though!"
"As noted in a previous review, this makes an astounding dip by mashing it after cooking. Bring this, along with some tortilla chips (or other dipping goodies) to people's house on the holiday gatherings. It'll be a hit!"
"Fantastic!!!! I halved the recipe but didn't halve the spices (an oops on my part) but it was so good. Cooked it as recommended til most of the broth was evaporated and served it over rice. This is definitely a keeper!"
"Made this last night for tonights dinner, wow great recipe. I changed one thing, swapped ground turkey smokey chipolte sausages removed from casings, for the bacon. O.M.G. delish. Thanks for the fabulous recipe"
"Great soup, mashed up the beans a little before serving.Will definately make this again,"
"Just made this for dinner and everyone enjoyed it. The only changes I made was to add fresh cilantro and oregano. I used less chili powder and cayenne than the recipe stated because I put in a 1/2 can of chopped hot jalepeno instead of the fresh and that made it hot enough! Thanks for submitting a great recipe!"
"I have been looking for this recipe for years. Finally found it! I mashed the beans and used it as a dip for tortilla chips. Yum"
"Super Awesome recipe. We've made it several times for friends and family to rave reviews. My hubby has a co-worker that has made the recipe almost every week since finding it."
"I made this with beef broth and cut it in half, as it was just me eating and 3 servings = 3 meals. I'd say it has all the right ingredients for a tasty soup, but somehow ended up just ho hum. It wasn't bad, mind you, but neither was it spectacular. I doubt the chicken vs. beef broth would make any difference, as the flavor of the broth was overpowered 100% by the black beans. I didn't mind eating it, but I won't be making this again. Looking for something with a bit more pizazz in a black bean soup. . . If the left-overs are better than the fresh, then I'll edit this review when I've eaten the soup again. (Soup is funny that way. Sometimes it surprises you on day 2.)"
"Delicouse! It got spicier as the days went by. Yummy thanks."
"wow, this is absolutly awesome!!!!!!!! i did everything as it said except for the hot stuff, my hubby and i dont like too much spice so i toned it down a lot. but everythign else i did as it says, ans i have to say i have been cooking black beans since for ever, but this was defenetly a step up for me!!!! thanks so much for a woderfull one!!!!!!"
"What a great soup!!!! I added a little extra broth, and shredded a roasted chicken from the deli up to make it a meal for us carnivores ;-) Fabulous!! Topped with fried tortilla strips and sourcream!"
"I have made this several times, now and I LOVE this soup! I add a little more jalapeno and garlic. Last time, I added some finely diced bell pepper. YUMM"
"Finally, the recipe I've been looking for! This was excellent and so easy to make. I of course made a few changes. I used 3 cans of black beans. I added the first one whole and mashed the other 2 cans with a potato masher. I then added a can of corn with peppers and a can of tomatoes with green chiles. Perfecto!"