Friday, December 17, 2010

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Why has no one ever told me how delicious black bean soup is? It is seriously delicious. And even though it was so filling, I didn't feel guilty eating it. This soup is nothing more than black beans, spices, a chopped onion, a jalepeno, garlic and chicken stock.

This recipe is definitely becoming a part of my soup repertoire.

Spicy Black Bean Soup (Recipe adapted from this one.)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 fresh jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 (15-ounces) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Heat oil in a 4-to 5-quart heavy pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. 
  2. Saute onion and jalapeno for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin and salt and saute for another 2-3 minutes. 
  4. Add black beans, chicken stock and bay leaf and simmer, covered. Stir occasionally until soup has thickened slightly, about 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer 2.5 cups of soup to a food processor and purée . Return to pot and heat, stirring frequently. Discard bay leaf. Season with salt and serve.

Yield: 6 servings

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