Black Bean Soup

During a brief cold stint recently, and by cold I mean upper 60’s, I decided it was time to open the soup floodgates.  Cold weather means stews, soups, chowders and chili, all of my favorites!  I usually stick to beef stews, corned beef and cabbage and most of all chili, but I decided on black bean soup as I had some dried black beans around.

I read several recipes that say that dry black beans are better than canned beans, especially if you want bacon/ham in your soup, because they develop more flavor since they cook as the soup does.  This recipe is sans bacon, but I highly suggest you add that to this recipe.

The recipe that I used as inspiration comes from simply recipes, though I changed around some of the ingredients and removed the meat, as I mentioned.  You can definitely change things up, add more spices if you prefer a spicy soup.

Ingredients
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Makes about 8 cups

2 cups dry black beans (soaked in cold water the night before)
2 bay leaves
4.5 cups water
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 1/2 large carrots, diced
1 can corn, drained and rinsed
1 large piece celery, chopped, including leaves
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
3 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon chipotle powder
2 cups chicken stock
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Toppings

avocado
sour cream
fresh cilantro

Remove black beans from water and rinse in colander and medium pot and cover with new water, at least 2 inches above beans.  Add the bay leaves and bring to a boil and then lower to to a simmer.  Cook for about an hour and a half or until beans are tender and then remove bay leaves.

When beans are 3/4 or so cooked, in a large stock pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add onion, celery, carrots and salt.   Cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until veggies are tender.
Reduce heat and cumin, chili powder, garlic, chipotle powder and cook for 2-3 more minutes.  Stir well.

Add beans, any remaining liquid, chicken stock, bell pepper and corn.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Using a hand blender blend the soup slightly, or you can place about 1-2 cups to your blender and blend gently.  If using a blender, do it in batches.   Add back to soup and serve with avocado, sour cream and cilantro.   Enjoy!!

About Evan Halperin

I like to eat. I like to cook. I like to eat what I cook. Now, I will share with you what I like to cook. My wife and I may be a vegetarian and a carnivore, but it doesn’t mean we can’t cook a nice meal with both, without compromising taste. I will share my creative meals of the Carnivore and the Vegetarian.
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One Response to Black Bean Soup

  1. Erin says:

    That sounds super yummy….if only I could get Mike to eat beans….
    ~Erin

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