Saturday, November 3, 2018

Black Bean Soup #Recipe @PegCochran

I really wanted to make black bean soup for dinner but I really didn't want to go to the grocery store!  I fished around on the Internet until I found two recipes that, when combined, either left out things I didn't have or used up things I wanted to get rid of--like a red pepper languishing in the vegetable drawer.  I must say, it was delicious and oh, so easy.  So if you keep your pantry stocked with things like several cans of black beans, diced tomatoes and chilies, you can whip up a pot of delicious, warming soup in no time.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 sweet red pepper, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 can diced tomatoes
2 14.5-ounce cans chicken or vegetable broth
3 cans black beans (1 undrained and 2 drained and rinsed)
1 4-ounce can diced green chilies
1 cup frozen corn
1 ½ tsps. Cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
fresh chopped cilantro for serving

Mash one can of black beans with liquid either by hand or in a food processor.

Heat oil over medium heat.  Saute onion and red pepper until tender.  Add garlic and saute another minute.

Stir in broth, all the beans, chilies, corn, cumin, chili powder and bay leaf.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover.  Simmer 20 minutes.

Discard bay leaf, stir in lime juice and serve garnished with chopped cilantro.  

  Optional toppings:  sour cream, grated cheese, diced avocado.  

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  1. I love soup and this sounds so easy and good! Thank you for the recipe!

  2. Oh, this does sound good!
    I think I'll have it with cornbread or corn muffins.