Friday, January 29, 2010

Fast and Easy Black Bean Soup

I didn't take any pictures of soup last night, but got a couple requests for me to post what I made. Here goes nothing!

Fast & Easy Black Bean Soup

2 slices bacon
1/2 onion
1 bell pepper (I used a few small snacking peppers from Costco)
3 - 4 cloves garlic
2 cans black beans
1/2 - 1 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp. cumin
pinch of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
tortillas (optional)


  1. Chop bacon and fry up in a soup stockpot. While bacon is cooking, chop the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. When bacon is fairly crisp, add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté for a few minutes.
  2. While ingredients are sautéing, take one can of black beans, drain, and blitz with some chicken stock. I used a pyrex container and a hand blender, but you can use a food processor or blender for this. Pour into pot with the vegetables.
  3. Open other can of beans and dump into pot. I didn't bother draining them, but you can if you like. If you like your soup thinner, add more chicken broth now.
  4. Add cumin, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. I actually went a little crazy here and added a splash of soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, and a teeny bit of dijon mustard.
  5. While the soup heated up and simmered for a couple minutes, I heated up a couple tortillas in a little olive oil to make them slightly crispy for soup dipping.
  6. Enjoy! :)