Black bean soup

This recipe is simple, hearty and delicious.

Makes at least 6 servings – after serving 3 people for dinner, we use this for lunches for a few days afterward.

Black Bean Soup


  • 1 pound of dried black beans, rinsed and separated (take out any cracked or broken beans)
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter (+ a bit of olive oil, if necessary)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1-2 celery ribs, diced.
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. paprika (use smoked if you enjoy a smoky flavor)
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper (1.5 if you like things more spicy)
  • 3 tsp. cumin
  • 1 small can diced green chiles, drained
  • 3-4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 can of condensed tomato soup
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Juice from one lime or 1/2 lemon
  • Shredded cheddar and tortilla chips for garnish


  1. In a large stockpot, cover beans with water. Leave to soak overnight. If you are doing this the day of, bring the stockpot to a boil, boil for 2 minutes, then cover and turn off heat. Allow beans to sit, covered, for one hour.
  2. Drain the beans and set aside. Rinse the stockpot.
  3. Melt butter on medium-low heat, then add onions, carrots and celery with a pinch of salt. Stir, adding olive oil if necessary – depends on the volume of your veggies.
  4. When onions turn translucent, add garlic, paprika, cayenne, cumin, and chiles. Cook for a little bit to toast the dry seasonings but not burn the garlic.
  5. Add chicken stock, tomato soup, and beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for at least one hour.
  6. Add lime or lemon juice towards the end.
  7. Blend soup. If you make it in advance (which you should do – soup always tastes better the next day), put it in the blender when it’s cool. If you are making it at gametime, I have found that putting it in the crockpot and then using a handheld mixer works nicely. Puree it until it reaches the consistency you enjoy – I like it pretty smooth, my partner prefers a more chunky texture (like chili). Using the hand blender will not get it as smooth as a blender or food processor will.
  8. Taste and adjust seasonings
  9. Garnish with cheese and tortilla strips.

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