Black Bean Soup for Two Recipe
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Black Bean Soup for Two Recipe

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I cooked for two people for the first 7 years of my marriage. Today, I'm a stay-at-home mom with a toddler, but I still appreciate small-scale recipes. I like to serve this zesty soup with tortillas topped with melted cheese.—Wendy Anderson, Santa Rosa, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) vegetable or beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • Pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 314 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 1419mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 10g fiber), 17g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in the cumin, oregano and chili powder; saute 2 minutes longer. Add the tomato sauce, beans, broth and bay leaf.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in lime juice; simmer 10-15 minutes longer. Discard bay leaf. Add pepper sauce and pepper. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Black Bean Soup for Two in Taste of Home February/March 2004, p27

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Reviewed Aug. 21, 2014

"Soup looked nothing like the picture. Needed more beans and less tomato sauce. I prefer a less acidic soup so should have used diced tomatoes instead of sauce."

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

"One of my favorite soups"

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"Great soup! I added 2 diced carrots, another can of black beans and a can of chicken broth (in addition to the beef broth). I wanted to stretch this to last for leftovers. I also slightly puréed the soup so it would be slightly thicker. Instead of adding the lime and Tabasco to the soup I served it with the soup, along with some sour cream, so that we could each add to our own taste."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"I like to make soup and take them to work for lunch. Glad this recipe only makes two serving. It smells wonderful cooking but the taste reminds me of something from a can. Hard to understand why this would be rated high or win anything."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"It was excellent, especially with crackers. Next time, however, I would add only 1 tsp of lime juice, not the called for 1-2 TBSP. I used 1 TBSP and it tasted strongly of lime- it wasn't as strong after the first few bites, but a little more lime flavor than I would have liked."

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