Our Very Favorite Black Bean Soup

Our Very Favorite Black Bean Soup recipe - Creamy black beans pureed with cumin, jalapeno, and lime ... yum. Vegetarian/vegan, GF.

Let’s just get this out in the open. Straight-up black bean soup is … well … it’s a little bit ugly. But we’re adults here, and we know that beauty is only skin deep, it’s in the eye of the beholder, and all that jazz. With that in mind – plus a little embellishment – we can look past its muddy brownish-black appearance, can’t we?

Our Very Favorite Black Bean Soup recipe - Creamy black beans pureed with cumin, jalapeno, and lime ... yum. Vegetarian/vegan, GF.

I basically garnish the heck out of my black bean soup. That helps. Colorful tomatoes, fresh cilantro, chunks of avocado. But even as I tuck in for the first bite, I can’t help but think of that whole lipstick-on-a-pig adage.

And then I take a bite. A glorious bite. And appearance is forgotten. This black bean soup recipe – our very favorite – is flavored boldly with cumin, spiced up with a bit of jalapeno, and satisfying to the core. We don’t need no stinkin’ pretty soup – we just want something that tastes delicious. Mission accomplished.

Our Very Favorite Black Bean Soup recipe - Creamy black beans pureed with cumin, jalapeno, and lime ... yum. Vegetarian/vegan, GF.

This vegan black bean soup recipe makes a pretty large amount. I like to freeze half of it for an easy meal down the road. Just let it cool completely, ladle into a gallon-size freezer bag, label, and freeze flat. Voila! Instant future dinner.

Our Very Favorite Black Bean Soup recipe - Creamy black beans pureed with cumin, jalapeno, and lime ... yum. Vegetarian/vegan, GF.

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Our Very Favorite Black Bean Soup

Creamy black beans pureed with cumin, jalapeno, and lime … yum. This super-easy soup is so simple to put together, you’ll want it in your weeknight dinner rotation forevermore. The leftovers are perfect for freezing for future meals or make for hearty, healthy lunches all week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 large cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 4 (15-ounce) cans cooked black beans, undrained
  • 1 (28-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (can also use whole tomatoes)
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt + more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper + more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 juicy lime)

Optional toppings:

  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh-sliced jalapeno
  • Chopped scallions
  • Chopped avocado
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Cheddar cheese or vegan cheese
  • Sour cream or vegan sour cream
  • Your favorite hot sauce

Directions:

  1. Set a large pot over medium heat. When hot, add the olive oil. Add the onion and oregano and saute, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and saute, stirring occasionally, for another minute. Add the cumin, pepper, beans, tomatoes, vegetable broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. If using whole tomatoes, break them up with a spoon.
  3. Increase heat to high to bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Cook uncovered until thickened, about 25 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool until safe to handle. Transfer 6 cups to a blender and puree. Return to soup and stir to combine. (You can also remove 6 cups from the soup and use an immersion blender to puree that half of the soup, if you prefer).
  5. Return to medium heat until reheated throughout. Add lime juice. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if desired.
  6. Serve with optional toppings.

Adapted from Bon Appetit

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Our Very Favorite Black Bean Soup recipe - Creamy black beans pureed with cumin, jalapeno, and lime ... yum. Vegetarian/vegan, GF.

Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.