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Black Bean Soup

This soup has become a staple in my house. It is delicious. It is easy. You make it in a slow cooker. 4/5 of the people in my house will eat it. Winner! I originally found this recipe on smittenkitchen.com. If you have never visited smittenkitchen, please do. Deb has the best recipes and amazing pictures. Anyway, the first time I made this soup I did follow the recipe to the letter and it was delicious. But this recipe is more of a method and can be played with in about a thousand different ways. Last night when I made this I was too lazy to print out the recipe so I winged it and it was just a delicious as the first time.

I diced 1 green pepper and I red pepper and 2 medium sized red onions, and sauteed them in some olive oil. Let them get soft and add 2 cloves of chopped garlic. (I did not add any salt and pepper at this point. Usually I season as I go, but I waited until the soup was finished to season. I had read on the original recipe not to and I do as I am told.)

I rinsed a bag a dried black beans and dumped them in the slow cooker. (My mom refuses to call it a CrockPot, maybe it has carried on?)

Add the sauteed vegetables. I added 2 chopped chipotle peppers and a generous shake or two of cumin, maybe 2 teaspoons? Cover the soup with 7 cups of very hot water. Put the top on and let it cook on high for 6 hours. Or until the beans are tender. When the beans have softened, take half of the soup out and puree in the blender. This would be a perfect chance to use an immersion blender if I had one. (Did you get that mom?)  Add the puree back to the pot and seasoned well with salt and pepper. This soup needs a lot of salt. I also added the juice of one lime to brighten up the flavor. Now comes the fun part. You could top this soup with just about anything. I was in a hurry last night so ours just had some sharp cheddar cheese on top. And there may be some sour cream hiding under the cheese. Just maybe. It was light at least. But some guacamole would be great on top or some chopped cilantro, fresh salsa, or corn salsa. See you could change this one up all the time. It does not disappoint.

Yes. He had an unfortunate incident while jumping on a bed and a night table that involved 7 stitches in his sweet little head. Yes. He is sitting at the dinner table in jammies from the night before. Don’t judge.

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Black Bean Soup


Ingredients

  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 2 red onions diced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bag dried black beans
  • 2 chopped chipotle peppers
  • 2 teaspoons cumin

Instructions

  1. I diced 1 green pepper and I red pepper and 2 medium sized red onions, and sauteed them in some olive oil. Let them get soft and add 2 cloves of chopped garlic. (I did not add any salt and pepper at this point. Usually I season as I go, but I waited until the soup was finished to season. I had read on the original recipe not to and I do as I am told.)
  2. I rinsed a bag a dried black beans and dumped them in the slow cooker.
  3. Add the sauteed vegetables. I added 2 chopped chipotle peppers and a generous shake or two of cumin, maybe 2 teaspoons? Cover the soup with 7 cups of very hot water. Put the top on and let it cook on high for 6 hours. Or until the beans are tender. When the beans have softened, take half of the soup out and puree in the blender. This would be a perfect chance to use an immersion blender if I had one. (Did you get that mom?) Add the puree back to the pot and seasoned well with salt and pepper. This soup needs a lot of salt. I also added the juice of one lime to brighten up the flavor. Now comes the fun part. You could top this soup with just about anything. I was in a hurry last night so ours just had some sharp cheddar cheese on top. And there may be some sour cream hiding under the cheese. Just maybe. It was light at least. But some guacamole would be great on top or some chopped cilantro, fresh salsa, or corn salsa.

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  1. Sarah

    March 2nd, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Looks fantastic — I love that it uses a slow cooker. I’d probably throw in a can of diced tomatoes w/ jalapenos or green chiles (just my preference). We love black bean soup over rice, as well. Thanks for posting.

  2. Carole

    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Bree, Have you made this with canned black beans ever? I would think it would just shorten the cooking time.

  3. bakedbree

    October 3rd, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    No I haven’t. Most recipes seem to call for dried beans, but I would play around with it and see how it goes.

  4. Carolyn

    January 23rd, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I just made this soup using Goya brand black beans. I took 4hrs in the slow cooker on high before the soup was ready. My only alterations were that I used 1 red pepper and 1 yellow and half the salt. The chipotle pepper, lime & cumin definitely made the soup flavorful! I love this recipe and will make it again! Thanks for sharing!

  5. bakedbree

    January 23rd, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I love this soup, so easy to make and super flavorful. Glad that you liked it too.

  6. Cindy crimi

    October 29th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I love ur site!! Black bean soup…. Mmmm

  7. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    thank you Cindy!

  8. veggie

    November 19th, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Looks fantastic. I remember some great black bean soups I had in cuba and I loved them. So I need to try your recipe to remember those beautiful caribbean days! 🙂

  9. bakedbree

    November 20th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I hope that it brings back great memories.

  10. Crystal

    August 15th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I found your recipe via pinterest and we tried it today and we LOVED it! We typically eat pinto beans as a family and this was a wonderful way to bring in black beans to mix it up 🙂 My toddler loved it and couldn’t get enough. Thanks for the great recipe.

  11. bakedbree

    August 21st, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I LOVE this soup. I have not made this in a long time, I need to add it to the mix.

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