Black Bean Soup with Bacon

Black Bean Soup with Bacon


"I created this for a quick lunch with a few inexpensive ingredients and was very pleased. My husband said that this one is a winner so I thought I would share with others. I personally don't care for cilantro but it makes a nice garnish. Serve with tortillas and guacamole salad."

Ingredients 45 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 172 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 172 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 9.6 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 12.1g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 8.5 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Sodium:
  • 857 mg
  • 34%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Fry the bacon in a microwave until crisp, or cook it in a skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate, crumble, and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings, if desired.
  2. Roughly chop the carrots, onion, and celery and transfer to a food processor. Pulse the vegetables until finely chopped.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the reserved bacon drippings (if using), the chopped vegetables, garlic, water, bouillon cubes, and 1 can of diced tomatoes with their juice. Cook on high for 5 minutes to soften vegetables.
  4. Pour the vegetable mixture into a saucepan and add 2 cans of rinsed and drained black beans. Season with the cumin, hot sauce, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to low; simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Use an immersion blender to puree the hot mixture. (If you don't have a hand-held blender, puree the mixture in batches in a food processor or standard blender.)
  6. Stir in the remaining can of diced tomatoes and can of black beans. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Add water if the consistency is too thick for your liking. Bring the soup to a simmer and heat for 5 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with sour cream, shredded cheese, and crumbled bacon.
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  • You can substitute 2 cups of beef broth for the water and bouillon cubes, if desired.
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I recognized this recipe as having a great start, but I also knew I’d be improvising quite a bit, adding some things to make it even more appealing to me. I particularly liked the bacon, garlic and tomato, so there was no way I was about to change that. But I wanted something more complex, with a greater depth of flavor. Also, the microwave cooking method didn’t appeal to me, so I cooked it completely on the stove-top. And I figure the time I saved by not pulsing anything in the food processor and not bothering to puree any of the soup made up for any time lost by not microwaving. So…I sautéed some diced bacon, added the directed “holy trinity” of onion, celery and carrot, the garlic, but I also added a jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced, and a chopped poblano pepper, although bell pepper would have worked fine too. (These measurements all based on the recipe scaled to 3 servings) I wanted it a little meatier, so I added some cubed ham – chopped, cooked chicken would be another fine choice. I let that simmer awhile before adding the beans, some frozen corn and a handful of chopped, fresh cilantro. I used beef stock, a little extra than called for, in order to accommodate the extra vegetables. I served this with a little plotch of sour cream and some crispy tortilla strips. I tasted this before supper for purposes of writing this review (tho’ I never taste when I cook – never have) and before you know it I had chowed down two bowls. This stuff is awesome good.


This is an excellent recipe and everyone who's tried it loves it. I made a few minor changes just using what I had on hand, nothing that would have had a huge impact on the end product. I made this soup without the bacon, and used ground chipotle powder and bottled crushed chili peppers instead of the hot pepper sauce. I also threw in a can of just seemed to need that. I also did the whole recipe on the stove top and skipped the fooling around with the microwave. When I make it again I will probably still skip the bacon but will try adding a few drops of liquid smoke. The soup was a HUGE hit!


I know some people will be irritated with my review, since I REALLY tinkered with this recipe big time! But... here goes! -I think a lot of flavor would be lost if I nuked everything, so I did this on the stove. Taking some comments from Naples review, I picked up a poblano to add to this...and what the heck, I thought, a small sweet potato would be yummy too! I added the poblano and potato with the mirepoix/holy trinity. Once the veg cooked down, I added beef stock (canned) and tomatoes... fresh from the farmers market which I diced. With all the extra veggies and since I was halving the recipe, I only added one can of black beans (which I put in after the tomatoes simmered a bit). Here's where it may get weird: I had about 1/2 cup refried beans leftover from a different recipe and stirred them in. You'd never guess they were in there... I swear, but it made for a thicker broth. I didn't puree anything. Let me tell you how awesome this turned out! :) If you've read this far, hopefully you'll give the recipe a shot, even if you find yourself tweaking it too! It's delish! Trust me when I tell you: it's fantastically delicious!