Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup

Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup

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"All you need is a couple cans of beans, an onion, some bacon, and spices to whip up this simple but delicious soup."
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50 m servings 328 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 328 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 9.1 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 44g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 19.3 g
  • 39%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 1624 mg
  • 65%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Place bacon in a cold pot. Turn heat to medium, cook and stir until the bacon is cooked but not crisp.
  2. Stir in onion; cook and stir for 5 minutes, until the onion turns translucent and golden.
  3. Stir in garlic; cook for 2-3 minutes. Add chicken stock, turn heat to medium-high. Stir in oregano, cayenne and salt. Add black beans and water. Return to a simmer.
  4. Simmer on medium-low, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes. While it's cooking, mash about half the beans to thicken the soup.
  5. Stir in black pepper and cumin. Add salt to taste.
  6. Make the relish by stirring together minced green onion, sambal paste, and lime juice.
  7. Serve garnished with relish, chopped green onions, and sour cream.


  1. 102 Ratings

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This was quite good. I left out the bacon to cut calories and replaced the can of water with more chicken broth to up the flavor. Came out delicious. Do make the garnish and use either sour crea...

Most helpful critical review

overwhelming amount of bacon fat.

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This was quite good. I left out the bacon to cut calories and replaced the can of water with more chicken broth to up the flavor. Came out delicious. Do make the garnish and use either sour crea...

I am really surprised that no one has mentioned the use of an immersion blender for this recipe. If you don't have one of these handy "stick" blenders, I strongly suggest you invest in one. It...

subbed basil for oregano and simmered an hour to thicken and blend flavors. Cheated and used blender. Awesome flavor! Loved this - will make again for sure.

Best Black Bean soup I've ever had! BONUS: I made it! :) I used low sodium beans, but followed the recipe exactly and the result was perfection! I didn't even make the relish, but I did use...

Really good! I have a always relied on a wonderful recipe from a Seattle restaurant (Cafe Sport -- now gone), but it took a better part of a day to make. This is just as flavorful and easy to ...

Just tried this recipe. Is it just me, or would this be EPIC with some grated cheddar on top? Just an idea. Also, I think the soup will taste good no matter what, but would probably look "pre...

This is so good, I'm not even done with it and I have to come give it a good review! Don't change anything about it, it is perfect. I didn't have red chili or sambal but I did have red curry pas...

I followed the core recipe, except I made a couple adjustments. I cut down to two pieces of bacon, used a little olive oil, added a green pepper with the onion, 3 cups of chicken broth instead o...

About to make this exactly as written for the third time...(triple the recipe this time for freezer). In addition to the wonderful garnishes, I put fresh slices of avocado on top in a pinwheel s...

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