Close up shot of a bowl of Black Bean Soup garnished with crispy tortilla strips.
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Black Bean Soup

Easy Black Bean Soup, a healthy, super flavorful vegetarian soup! Enjoy loads of black beans, fire roasted tomatoes, corn, peppers, garlic and everything that makes a for great southwest flare!

Category Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Black Bean Soup Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
overnight bean soak 8 hours
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Mean Green Chef

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (2 cups or 500 grams) dried black beans, sub 4 cans rinsed back beans
  • 1/4 teapoon baking soda, for soaking dried beans
  • 1 large onion, peeled + diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, washed + diced
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, washed + diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, washed + diced
  • 2 whole jalapenos, (remove seeds if you want less heat) washed + sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups organic frozen corn
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed + diced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) organic diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) vegetable broth, sub any broth desired
  • Kosher sea salt + freshly cracked black pepper

Toppings

  • thinly sliced crispy tortilla strips
  • freshly squeezed lime juice, to taste
  • fresh cilantro

Instructions

Soak the beans

  1. Dump the beans into a fine mesh colander, rinse and pick through to make sure that there are no stones or twigs. Add the washed beans to a large container to allow for expansion, plus a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Add enough water to cover the beans by an excess of 2-inches of water. Let the beans sit overnight. Before cooking the next day, drain the beans, flush well with water and then proceed with recipe.

    Black beans soaking in a large glass bowl for black bean soup.

Soup

  1. Heat a large heavy-bottomed Dutch Oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and reheat for 30 seconds. Stir in the onions, red bell, yellow bell, green bell, jalapenos, and corn. Sauté for 5 minutes. 

    Bell peppers, onions, and seasonings cooking in a pot for Black bean Soup.
  2. Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, and oregano sauté an additional 2 minutes.  

    Bell peppers, onions, and seasonings cooking in a pot for Black bean Soup.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, all of the black beans, and broth. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to medium-low, cook for 90 minutes or until the desired doneness., Stir frequently and taste to test for doneness and flavor. Adjust with salt, pepper and more seasonings as desired. 

    Fire roasted tomatoes, corn, bell peppers and garlic for black bean soup recipe.
  4. Remove a cup and a half of the cooked beans and place in a food processor or blender. Purée until smooth and then add back to the soup and stir until combined. 

    Black bean soup being put or through the food processor.
  5. Remove from the heat, ladle into warm bowls and garnish with crispy tortilla strips, cilantro, and fresh lime juice, or any other desired toppings. 

    Close up shot of a bowl of Black Bean Soup garnished with crispy tortilla strips.

Recipe Notes