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Southwestern Refried Bean Soup Recipe

Southwestern Refried Bean Soup Recipe

My daughter gave me this hearty soup recipe, and I'm glad she did - it's become a family favorite. You can't beat it on a cold winter day!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 4 bacon strips
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1/4 cup picante sauce or salsa
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Hot pepper sauce, optional
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, reserving drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside. In the drippings, saute the onion, celery and garlic powder until vegetables are tender.
  • 2. Add the beans, picante sauce, broth, parsley and bacon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until flavors are blended. Season to taste with pepper sauce if desired. Ladle into bowls and top with cheese. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 260 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 1,012 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 10 g protein.

Reviews for Southwestern Refried Bean Soup

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Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

"This is very quick to make and is filling and delicious for those who enjoy southwest flavors...also low in fat if used with fat free cheese for garnish, no fat refried beans, and Tostitos baked scoop tortilla chips..yum!"

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"I have made this recipe several times, me and my husband both love it! I have to double the recipe just for the two of us!"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"For this recipe I used thick sliced Black Forest Bacon fried in lime juice. This livened up the bacon with citrus flavor and really enhanced the soup. This has become one of my favorite soups to make."

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"LOVE this soup!! So easy and such good flavor! It has become part of our Mexican meal night as a side dish with tacos or echiladas."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"YUMMY! I have just recently started to enjoy cooking, and this soup made me feel like a gourmet cook! It was so easy and delicious - very flavorful - and reminded me of a dish I'd find at a restaurant. I used several drops of hot sauce and believe I will add fresh cilantro next time rather than parsley. I also thought a small amount of black beans would be nice for added protein. I can't wait to make this again!"

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