Pinto Bean Soup With Fresh Salsa
- Ready In:
- 3hrs 5mins
- 1 1⁄2 cups dried pinto beans
- 7 cups water
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 yellow onions, diced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 6 6 cups vegetable stock or 6 cups water
For the salsa
- 3 ripe plum tomatoes, diced (Roma)
- 1⁄2 small red onion, finely diced (Spanish)
- 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 lime, juice of
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- crema or sour cream
- Sort through the beans and discard any misshapen beans or stones. Rinse well. Place the beans in a saucepan and add the water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, cover and simmer until the smallest bean is cooked through and creamy inside, about 1 ½ hours. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the vegetable oil. Add the onions, salt and pepper and sauté until the onions are lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes longer. Add the beans and their liquid and the stock or water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the beans start to break apart, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove the beans from the heat and let cool slightly.
For the salsa:
- In a bowl, stir together the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
- Working in batches, transfer the bean mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer the puree to a clean saucepan and reheat over reheat over low heat, stirring frequently, until hot. (If not serving immediately, keep warm over very low heat, stirring often).
- Ladle the soup into warmed shallow bowls and top each serving with a spoonful of salsa and a dollop of crema or sour cream.
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Healthy and a good base soup but it needs spice! This base needs acid, spice and salt to really shine. My modifications: add 1 T of apple cider vinegar, 1 chopped jalapeno, and liberal seasoning salt that has a variety of spices. The fresh salsa was okay on top but not enough acid to make the soup pop. Some of my family used sour cream, some did not. I'm vegan so omitted. Also added a chopped jalapeno to the salsa. Perhaps reduce liquid or really cook down to make the soup thicker. We found it thin. Tip: if you have leftovers, leave it in the crock pot on low a few extra hours and you can reduce it to refried beans for burritos.
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