Black Bean Soup With Sweet Potatoes

"A simple and exotic soup served with a dollop of sour cream and lime wedges."
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins




  • Heat oil in large dutch oven or stock pot. Sauté onion and garlic in oil until soft.
  • Add balance of ingredients except the sweet potatoes. Simmer until beans are soft, about 1 hour.
  • Add potatoes and continue to simmer until potatoes are tender (do not overcook sweet potatoes, they'll turn to mush) :-)
  • Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and a lime wedge squeezed over the top.

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  1. I made this last night and it was so quick and easy and delicious!! I used 2 cans of Trader Joe's black beans, so it only took about 20 minutes to cook. I let it sit on the stove on warm for about 45 minutes total, and it was fantastic. Will definitely make again!!
  2. Nice and filling..... and healthy, too! I made this as written using canned black beans (3 cups). This was super tasty, but I felt it was too liquidy. I think 6 cups of broth was way too much for the recipe. Next time I would decrease the broth and/or maybe puree some of the soup. I garnished with sour cream, cilantro and the lime juice. Yummy! Thanx for sharing!
  3. My whole family liked this soup a lot. I used canned beans, and left out the corainder (beacuse I didn't have any). I did add a can of diced tomatoes.
  4. I was very skeptical about this recipe initially, making it only to use up a small amount of both key ingredients I had laying around. It was actually really good and even better the second day. I agree with the other reviewer in that the lime juice definitely adds a great flavor (although it was good without too!).
  5. very impressive soup. simple recipe to follow, used all organic ingredients but found i hadno coriander or cumin as i thought i had. i did have some curry and looked up curry on this site and found it had both coriander and cumin in it so added 1/2 tsp of that and hoped for the best. it was outstanding. i used canned beans as well and did not drain them before adding which i think gave the soup a nice consistency. the lime should not be left out as it gives it such a nice finish at the end. thank you so much for sharing this easy and delicious recipe.


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