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Black Bean Dreamin’

Black Bean Soup
Black Bean Soup

Man, it’s cold outside! We had a snow flurry yesterday – the first real one this winter – and it’s still cold and very, very windy. Most of the snow has melted, but it still feels like winter out there.

This time of year, I do soup and stews. They’re hearty and they’re warming. A few weeks ago I noticed a few cans of black beans languishing at the back of the cabinet. I pulled them out, dusted them off, and put together a nice little black bean soup. Here’s the recipe (you’ll need a blender or a food processor, too):

Hearty Black Bean Soup
(recipe adapted from Chipotle Black Bean Soup recipe on

2 cans of black beans (15.5 oz each)
2 tbs cooking oil (I use olive or canola oil)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 – 2 tsp ground cumin (I use the larger amount)
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 small tomato, chopped, or one cup canned, diced tomatoes
1 – 2 tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt (optional, depending on your broth. Some canned broths are already salted)
Fresh-ground black pepper

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and green peppers and cook until softened (about 10 minutes). Add garlic and cumin and saute until fragrant. Add beans, broth and tomato and cook until onion and green peppers are soft (15 – 20 minutes).

Take a cup or two of the soup and put into blender or food processor. Process until pureed, then return to soup. This will thicken the broth and intensify the flavor. Add salt and pepper if/as needed.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream.


Writer, Walker, Entrepreneur, baby-boomer

4 thoughts on “Black Bean Dreamin’

    1. Of course, with me, I’d have pureed black bean soup all over the ceiling! Don’t laugh…it could happen. I am my mother’s daughter, after all (I recall an incident with a pressure cooker and split peas some time in the 1970s).

  1. This is very similar to a common North Indian dish made with chick peas (search for “Chole masala”) or black peas (search for “Rajma masala or black peas masala). It is eaten as a side dish for Chappathi (Indian Bread). Of course, we load it with spices to make it eye watering.

    Healthy, filling and comfort food.

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