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Contest-Winning Black Bean Soup Recipe

Contest-Winning Black Bean Soup Recipe

“This is an awesome soup that is light and it doesn't contain meat. You could add lean beef or chicken for a variation of this soup.” Angee Owens - Lufkin, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 3 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
  • 3 celery ribs with leaves, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with green peppers and onions, undrained
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions


  • 1. In a small bowl, mash one can black beans; set aside. In a large saucepan, saute the celery, onion, red pepper and jalapeno in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • 2. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, cumin, coriander, hot sauce, pepper, bay leaf, mashed black beans and remaining whole beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • 3. Discard bay leaf. Stir in lime juice. Garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream and 1-1/2 teaspoons green onion. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 222 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 779mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 9g fiber), 11g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Reviews for Contest-Winning Black Bean Soup

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Gizelyn 243708
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016

"Great tasting soup and so easy. I used dried black beans that I had cooked previously and froze. This will be a new staple in my house!"

dcRN311 219842
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"Really great soup! I was afraid of how much kick called in this soup but I might just stick to it next time! I left out the hot sauce, the bay leaves, and celery. I also added grilled chicken cubes that I had grilled myself - GREAT ADDITION."

shortperson22 175287
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"Just started a 10 day vegetarian diet, and good recipes without tofu are hard to find. This soup is so good, full of flavor and healthy benefits. There's not a spicy kick with this soup, just a great flavor. I didn't have coriander, cumin, and none of us likes celery, but if you add a little salt and pepper, you won't miss it. Definitely something I will make again."

jeepyj 175449
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"Does this soup have much heat to it my husband doesn't like anything to spicy and I would love to try it."

bef0910 179701
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"Added ground flax seed to make this delicious soup even healthier. Served with baked southwest sandwiches. Wonderful."

timdminerjr 177032
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"We love this soup at my house. Delicious and healthy!"

shastar 163747
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2010

"I thought this soup was really good, and the lime juice and sour cream on top was a nice finish. My husband didn't care for it too much, but he's a big meat eater and doesn't feel that dinner is complete without some. Luckily, I had some leftover shredded beef he added to his."

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