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Refried Bean Soup

“My husband and I love the flavor of this yummy soup,” Barbara Dean relates from Littleton, Colorado. “It’s very quick and easy to put together, and you can add any garnishes you like to vary the taste.”
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) refried beans
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 5 corn tortillas (6 inches), cut into 1/2-inch strips, optional
  • Sour cream and shredded Monterey Jack cheese, optional


  • In a large saucepan, bring the tomatoes, onion and garlic to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in the refried beans, broth and cilantro; simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, if tortilla strips are desired, place strips on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until crisp. Garnish soup with tortilla strips. Serve with sour cream and cheese if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 153 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 765mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 8g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.
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  • katlaydee3
    Jul 16, 2017

    Excellent! I made this with the Mexican Drop Biscuits from the same issue.

  • bell5429
    May 20, 2015

    I thought it was good but I think it had too much tomato, I like the idea of Fire Roasted tomatoes.

  • Motorhomegal
    May 31, 2014

    Just made this for our lunch....had everything on hand which was convenient. Topped with suggested items and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Was truly EXCELLENT and only change I made was to use canned FIRE-ROASTED tomatoes. I really was amazed at the flavor so something so simple to throw together. Served it with the NEW Keebler Cornbread & Jalapeno Crackers. They are winners, too.

  • CMetcalf711
    May 30, 2014

    This was wonderful! I loved how easy it was to make and it had a great smooth texture. The flavor was phenomenal! I will definitely be making this again!

  • kathyjeanwaldrop
    Jan 7, 2012

    It is real good. tastes just like my sister en laws soup.

  • 914934
    Nov 8, 2011

    This was so easy to make. It was a filling dish, great for a cold day and we all loved it.

  • nanabear23
    Oct 14, 2011

    my whole family loves this dish and so do my friends

  • srtwife
    Dec 29, 2010

    needs texture of some sort...also i did not use all of the chicken broth

  • lmwtw1
    Jan 10, 2010

    I like this recipe a lot

  • jediekkin
    Dec 13, 2009

    I used a whole diced onion,added 1 can of corn, chili powder and oregano and basil. Fantastic!