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Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup
I have a terrible cold and wanted to make something for dinner that was simple but tasty. My entire family loved this tasty & comforting black bean soup. It was quick and easy to make and tasted so delicious. Don’t leave out the cilantro–it really made this soup complete.

Black Bean Soup:


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
  • 5 cups of chicken broth OR vegetable broth
  • 3 (14 oz) cans of black beans, rinsed & drained, (divided)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp cornstarch (combined with a bit of cold stock and mixed thoroughly), optional

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot add onion, bell pepper, and carrots, and saute until slightly tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add the cumin, oregano, chili powder, and red pepper flakes along with the garlic and stir constantly for 1 minute.

Add the broth, half of the beans, and bay leaf, and season with sea salt & freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cook over medium-low heat for 1-2 hours.

Remove bay leaf, and blend using an immersion blender. Add the remainder of the beans and cornstarch slurry if you desire a thicker soup (make sure the soup is boiling when adding the cornstarch). Taste and re-season, as needed.

Other Ingredients:

  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Cotija cheese, shredded
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado, diced

Garnish the soup with chopped cilantro and shredded cotija cheese and serve with sour cream and avocado, if desired. Enjoy.

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  1. I’m a big fan of black bean soup – thanks for the reminder to make some soon! I love mine with a dollop of sour cream in the center.

  2. black bean soup is a favorite of mine, but i’m often frustrated by its thin consistency. i’ve never thought of adding cornstarch, but it’s an obvious stroke of genius! i’m really excited to try it out!

  3. Oh yeah!!!! My favorite soup. I love to melt some cheddar over mine. Sounds super yummy!

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  5. hi.. my first time to visit your blog and i’m glad i stumbled upon it… love beans (in any form).. will bookmark this recipe. it’ll be in my must-try list.