Friday, 11 November 2011

Food Friday- Black Bean Soup- Easy & Delicious

I am still exploring my newest cookbook, Spilling the Beans. Success rate so far is 100%!

One day this week my children enjoyed buttermilk pancakes with pureed beans hidden in the ingredients.  Today I finally made the ginger chews I had hoped to make last week until I realized I did not have molasses. They are a bit fussy with respect to timing, but results were great. Four children today enjoyed them- again hidden beans!

This soup I made as a last minute thought yesterday. It is so good I may make a batch to share with friends coming tonight. Think fresh salsa in a bowl. Again, even my daughter approved.

Ingredients: Canola or olive oil for cooking: 1 onion peeled and chopped; 1 carrot, peeled and chopped; 2 celery stalks chopped (including the leafy parts); 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & minced; or 1 tsp chopped canned chipotle chilies; 4 garlic cloves crushed; 1 small red or yellow bell pepper shopped; 2 tsp ground cumin; 2 cups cooked black beans or a 19oz can, rinsed and drained; 12 oz can kernel corn, drained; 14 oz or 28oz can diced stewed tomatoes, undrained (I used the larger can), 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock. Toppings: sour cream, chopped cilantro, chopped green onions and/or crumbled feta.

Directions: Heat oil in saucepan and saute onion, carrot and celery for about 5 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the jalapeno, garlic, red pepper and cumin, cooking for a minute longer. Add the beans and corn, tomatoes and stock. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the carrots are tender. Season with salt and pepper.

You can serve the soup chunky (as I did) or puree some or all of it as desired.


  1. Oh that looks good, I think I know what I'm making for dinner tomorrow!

  2. Your children are very lucky that you are such a good cook! The Black Bean Soup looks awesome -- yum!

  3. Oh how I love Black Bean soup but can never seem to make it very well. I will have to give this recipe a try. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. I love black bean soup and your description of "fresh salsa in a bowl" sounds delicious and easy to make.

  5. Thanks all! It is a great soup- had leftovers for lunch today. Cathy- I laughed at me being a good cook. I keep trying but I sometimes have epic fails!

  6. Made this for dinner last night, so good, so simple and very healthy. Thanks for sharing!