Another regular from our winter soup kitchen. It’s very easy and tasty, great for a quick weeknight meal. Puréed black beans, salsa, and cilantro give this soup a great consistency and flavor. It’s delicious served with tortilla chips and a queso dip.
[Updated August 2012]
Black Bean Soup
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 48 ounces canned black beans (undrained)
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 16 ounces salsa
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- ½ bunch of cilantro (coarsely chopped (with stems, ends trimmed))
- plain sour cream
- tortilla chips
- cilantro leaves
- Cook onion, garlic, cumin and pepper flakes in oil in 4-quart saucepot over medium heat for 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Remove from heat.
- Place 1 can beans (with liquid) in blender, add ½ the broth. Cover, and blend until puréed. Stir into saucepot. Repeat with one more can of beans and broth. Stir in remaining can of beans (whole), salsa, and lime juice.
- Heat mixture to boil. Reduce heat to low and stir in chopped cilantro. Simmer 30 minutes.
- Ladle soup into each bowl; top with dollop of sour cream. Garnish with broken tortilla chips and snipped cilantro.