Homemade Black Bean Soup Recipe

Updated on December 14, 2017
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Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over twenty years and has cooked on multiple television stations, including Food Network.

A family favorite, homemade black bean soup is super fast, satisfying, and inexpensive. Loaded with flavor, it's a crowd-pleaser.
A family favorite, homemade black bean soup is super fast, satisfying, and inexpensive. Loaded with flavor, it's a crowd-pleaser.

I love beans for their nutrition and low cost—how can that not be a winner? Black beans top our list of favorites, and this homemade black bean soup recipe always is a hit with the kids.

I also love that it's low-fat, high in fiber, and loaded with a colorful array of fresh vegetables. The kids just love the taste and don't think about the nutrition, but I do!

Keep canned black beans, tomatoes, and chicken broth in your pantry, and you can have dinner on in half an hour. It's even better the next day, so make enough for leftovers. We love this served with rice, which also makes it complete in amino acids —nothing not to love about this dish!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 4 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, with the juices
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • sour cream - optional - for serving

Directions

  1. In a large soup pot over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Saute the onions, carrots, bell pepper, and garlic for about ten minutes, or until fragrant and softened.
  2. Add the spices and stir well. Let the spices cook with the vegetables for a couple of minutes. This helps wake them up and intensifies their flavors.
  3. Stir in the beans, tomatoes with their juices and the chicken broth. Homemade is great if you have it, but don't worry about it - I use canned all the time.
  4. Bring soup up to a simmer and allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes, uncovered. Serve hot with whatever toppings you like!

Saute Vegetables

Saute the vegetables for about ten minutes in hot olive oil, or until they are fragrant and softened.
Saute the vegetables for about ten minutes in hot olive oil, or until they are fragrant and softened.

Add Spices

The spices for black bean soup are simple, and each one brings a unique element to the dish. But it's easy - just dump them in!
The spices for black bean soup are simple, and each one brings a unique element to the dish. But it's easy - just dump them in!

Saute the Spices

Once the vegetables have softened, toss in the spices and cook for about two minutes. This simply helps wake the spices up a bit and intensifies their flavors.
Once the vegetables have softened, toss in the spices and cook for about two minutes. This simply helps wake the spices up a bit and intensifies their flavors.

Add Beans, Tomatoes and Broth

Stir in the drained and rinsed black beans, the tomatoes with their juices and the chicken broth. Stir to combine and bring just to a simmer.
Stir in the drained and rinsed black beans, the tomatoes with their juices and the chicken broth. Stir to combine and bring just to a simmer.

Simmer to Combine the Flavors

Simmer the soup for about 20 minutes. This finishes cooking the vegetables and brings the flavors together.
Simmer the soup for about 20 minutes. This finishes cooking the vegetables and brings the flavors together.

Serve with Sour Cream

Serve alone, or with any number of toppings. We like sour cream best, but you can also add shredded cheese, minced scallions, jalapenos, or salsa if you'd like.
Serve alone, or with any number of toppings. We like sour cream best, but you can also add shredded cheese, minced scallions, jalapenos, or salsa if you'd like.

Check Out the Quick Tutorial!

How to Make Homemade Chicken Broth

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        Thelma Alberts 

        12 months ago from Germany and Philippines

        This sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Oh wow I love black beans and will try your soup soon.

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