Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup


"A tasty combination of spices to create a black bean soup that is full of flavor."

Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings 293 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 293 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 39.5g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 20.4 g
  • 41%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 30 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium:
  • 1736 mg
  • 69%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In an eight quart stock pot, add rinsed black beans, water, ham, onion, celery, carrots, diced tomatoes, minced garlic, garlic powder, parsley, salt, celery salt, Worcestershire sauce, bouillon cubes, bay leaf, pepper, mustard, cayenne pepper, oregano and thyme. Cover and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours. Discard bay leave and serve.
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Karen in DE

I remembered (too late) the reason that tomatoes should be added at the END of the cooking: dried beans don't get soft if acid (vinegar, tomatoes, etc.) are added before the beans are soft. I thought it was odd, but followed the recipe almost exactly (no ham was wasted, at least) because of all the good reviews. When I re-read the reviews I noticed a lot of the reviewers mentioned using canned beans, and maybe others used them, also. So, important tips: Canned Beans - Use less water (go by looks, you can add more later if you need it) and a lot less salt. No need to cook 2 hours. Carrots - I followed the recipe and I thought the grated carrots looked very unappetizing in the cooked soup. Chopped work much better. Dried beans - Either soak the beans overnight, or quick soak (boil 10 minutes, then let sit covered for and hour). DO NOT ADD TOMATOES until the beans are soft. TOO LATE? If you've already been cooking the recipe as written for 2 to 3 hours when you read this, and still can't stomach the firm beans, you can put the beans in a blender if you didn't add the ham. I used some of the blended beans to make the Black Bean Vegetable Soup from the site. If I hadn't had those additional ingredients I would have had to order pizza.

Claire Ross O'Neal

This soup was so good that my picky three-year-old slurped the broth, and the hubs called it my "cure-all" tonic because it wiped away his stomachache. I used three cans of black beans (and no extra salt) instead of dried; no bay leaf (didn't have any); 4 pressed garlic cloves instead of minced garlic and garlic powder. I also used 3 crumbled slices of bacon in place of the enormous amount of ham because we were in the mood for a more veggie-oriented soup.


All I can say is YUMMY! Made this soup for dinner last night and my whole family enjoyed it. I followed some of the other reviewers recommendation of adding a neckbone or ham hock to the soup and cutting back on the salt content. I omitted the salt and increased the celery salt from 1 teaspoon to 2 teaspoon. I also added more cayenne pepper to add some spice. I must say all of the ingredients for this soup was easy to find and I had the majority of it on hand. I will definitely make this soup again. The flavor is GREAT and so easy to fix! Thanks!