Beef 'n' Black Bean Soup Recipe
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Beef 'n' Black Bean Soup Recipe

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"I lead a busy life, so I'm always trying to come up with time-saving recipes," relates Vickie Gibson of Gardendale, Alabama. "This zippy and colorful soup is one of my husband's favorites. It has been a hit at family gatherings, too."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:10 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

One 1-cup serving (prepared with lean ground beef) equals 213 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 819 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 16 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 lean meat


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the next 12 ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low; cook for 4-5 hours or until vegetables are tender. Add the beans and rice; cook 1 hour longer or until heated through. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Beef 'N' Black Bean Soup in Quick Cooking May/June 2001, p44

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Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"Tasty, but needs so more spices in my opinion."

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"Delicious! I put this in the slow cooker and my girls ate it for dinner and supper. My husband was gone and asked me to save some for him. There was none left."

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"This is a long-time family favorite. It is easily modified for both vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and substituting whole grain wild rice makes it an even healthier "warm up from the inside" meal."

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"My grandson asks me to make this soup. It is a favourite."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"This is a great soup recipe. I have made many times. I also made with veg broth for my vegetarian girls."

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