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Cuban Black Bean Soup Recipe

This wonderful-for-winter soup comes from Tracy Lohr of Urbandale, Iowa. Using a blender, this soup becomes a smooth, nutritious heart-warmer just right for those cool nights. If the soup is too thick, add a little more vegetable broth to thin it out.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min. YIELD:9 servings


  • 4 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • 4 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 9 tablespoons chopped tomatoes
  • 9 teaspoons fat-free sour cream
  • 9 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro


  • 1. In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, saute the celery, onion, garlic and jalapeno in oil until onion is tender. Stir in the beans, broth, water, seasonings and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • 2. In a blender, process soup in batches until smooth. Return to the pan; heat through. Garnish each serving with tomatoes, sour cream and cilantro. Yield: 9 servings (2-1/4 quarts).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 202 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 786mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 9g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

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cherrylady User ID: 1073547 63195
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2011

"We had a black bean soup at a business dinner years ago. My husband and I both loved it. I've been looking for a similar recipe for years. This is it! Thanks!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 157320
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"This was pretty good. Served it with fresh baked bread. Made a nice light dinner."

p.stillo User ID: 4107111 153844
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"This soup was excellent, quick easy and has a wonderful taste. It will become one of our staple recipes!!! Make it just as it is!!!"

floretto User ID: 3449934 82443
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2009

"This has become one of my standards to take to lunch at work. See also Light & Tasty, Oct/Nov 2007 for this recipe."

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 82442
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2009

"We had a DELICIOUS black bean soup at a busniess dinner several years ago. I loved it and have been looking for a similar recipe ever since. This is it! LOVE the flavor!"

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