Caribbean-Style Black Bean Soup
This is from the "Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook" for slow-cookers. I love this, and do my husband and son. Make sure to add the vinegar at the end, it makes a big, delicious difference! We like ours with fresh cornbread.
- Ready In:
- 12hrs 20mins
- 1 lb dried black beans, washed and stones removed
- 3 onions, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced (powdered works fine, too)
- 1 ham hocks or 3/4 cup cubed ham
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 3 cups water
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- Soak beans overnight in 4 quarts water.
- Drain. Combine beans, onions, green pepper, garlic, ham, oil, cumin, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper, and 3 cups fresh water.
- Stir well.
- Cook on Low 8-10 hours, or High 4-5 hours.
- For a thick soup, remove half of cooked bean mixture and puree until smooth in a blender or mash with potato masher.
- Return to cooker.
- If you like a soup-ier soup, leave as is.
- Add vinegar and stir well.
- Debone ham, cut into bite-sized pieces and return to soup.
- Serve in soup bowls.
- Can be topped with sour cream and fresh cilantro.
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We really loved the flavor of this wonderfully healthy bean soup. As per the recipe, I added the ham bone, plus some cubed ham, with the bean mixture. When I blended part of the mixure to thicken the soup, I lost some ham cubes into the blend. In the future, I will hold back the cubed ham until after the blend, to allow the chunks to remain intact. The flavor is wonderful. As others suggested, I did cut down on the salt and pepper somewhat. I've added this to my "A+ Favorites" cookbook!Reply
This is a good stick to your ribs soup. It wouldn't be near as good without the vinegar at the end....don't forget it. You won't be sorry. I used a ham bone from the freezer and quick soaked the black beans, then puree'd 1/2 the mixture. I'm looking forward to the leftovers today! Thanks for postingReply
Excellent! A lovely layering of flavors enhanced with a bit of vinegar at the end of cooking. I used a meaty ham bone as well as diced ham. I cut the salt back to 1 tsp and added a few grinds of black pepper. I cooked the soup on High for 4 1/2 hours. Thanks Amanda for a great new way to use up leftover ham.Reply
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