Spicy Black Bean Soup
photo by *Parsley*
- Ready In:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 medium chopped onions
- 4 minced garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons minced crumbled dried thyme
- 5 cups cooked black beans, with one cup of cooking liquid reserved (or use canned beans)
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups diced tomatoes (I use canned)
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
- Melt butter and oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until the onion is soft and translucent.
- Add the garlic and thyme and cook for an additional three minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove three cups of the soup from the pot and process until smooth, adding the puree back to the soup after it is pureed. (Do this in batches to avoid having hot black bean soup all over your ceiling!)
- Reheat until the soup is thoroughly warmed again.
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This soup was awesome, simple, and inexpensive - a great combination! I pre-cooked the beans in my pressure cooker this morning (with some garlic and other spices), then threw all the rest of the ingredients in my crock pot. It smelled great all day, DH came home and said "MMM, when's dinner??" We like it spicy, so I used 1 can of Rotel and 1 can of regular diced tomatoes. Next time, I'll probably use 2 RoTel. A little Frank's at the table with a dollop of sour cream and cheddar, with a plate of warm "Prize-winning Crusty Rolls"... perfection! Oh, and this made a TON of soup, so plenty for lunch tomorrow, too!
This is a fabulous recipe! It's delicious, nutritious and inexpensive. What more could anyone ask? This has become a favorite Saturday lunch at my house. One word of caution, though - this recipe makes A LOT of soup. Really, it's more like ten to twelve servings, rather than six. That's not a bad thing, though, because the leftovers are great, too.
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