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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.

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kate User ID: 9191739 267860
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2017

"This is an excellent recipe! I mostly followed it but started with dry beans (2lb) and went from there. I pureed 2 cans of Rotel tomatoes with 1/2 the beans , doubling everthing else. What I want to say is that this soup is also excellent cold. I topped it with scallions, sour cream and avacado. YUM."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 261382
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017

"Left out the coriander and topped with cilantro. Everyone really liked this soup!"

Betty User ID: 8986908 260984
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"We liked this soup, actually I love anything with black beans. My soup didn't look quite as thick as pictured, in fact it was quite brothy ( if that's a word) looking. I added a can of refied black beans to thicken it up, I didn't use the whole onion and I only used 1.5 tsp of cumin., other than that it perfect. I should've made some corn bread to go with it. I'll be making it again."

LauriePar User ID: 4460220 259959
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2017

"We really loved this soup. This is the first time I have made black bean soup and I am so glad I picked this recipe! I did not have coriander, so I replaced it with curry powder. I will be making this again, for sure!!"

Gizelyn User ID: 8159020 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 User ID: 8247927 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 User ID: 6435327 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 User ID: 5178141 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 User ID: 1162350 179701
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

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

timdminerjr User ID: 3368460 177032
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

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

shastar User ID: 4712479 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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