Spicy Black Bean Soup


This is hands down the best black bean soup I have ever had….and I have tried multiple black bean soup recipes. This one is soooo flavorful and addictive. It makes quite a bit, but you will be thankful for the leftovers because it tastes better the second day (if that is even imaginable). This recipe also freezes well. Reheat the frozen portions for a quick lunch or dinner. Or bathe in it…because it is THAT good.

Don’t let the long list of ingredients spook you. It is such a flavorful soup and so easy to throw together. If you don’t have smoked paprika, you can leave it out. But I think it adds a nice flavor along with the bacon. Mmmm. For a vegetarian version, you leave out the bacon and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

(Note: Ketchup can be used in place of the tomato paste and maple syrup.)

Spicy Black Bean Soup (serves 6 to 8)

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of smoked all natural bacon, diced in 1/4″ slices
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, diced (keep seeds for a kick or deseed if want a milder soup)
  • 1 medium sweet bell pepper, diced
  • 1 15 oz can of chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 Tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons of maple syrup
  • 4 15 oz cans of black beans, drained but not rinsed
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • kosher salt and cracked pepper to taste
  • juice of 1/2 lime or 1 Tablespoon of lime juice
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon over medium heat in a dutch oven until bacon is cooked but not crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain a portion of the grease out, leaving just enough to sauté the onions.
  2. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add sweet bell pepper, jalapeño, and garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add broth, tomatoes, spices, tomato paste, and maple syrup. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium low and cook covered for 5 minutes.
  4. Add black beans. Increase heat to medium until boiling. Reduce heat to medium low and cook an additional 10 minutes, covered.
  5. Stir in 1/2 cup of the chopped cilantro, salt and pepper to taste, and lime juice. Heat until soup thickens, about 5 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with remaining chopped cilantro, sour cream or greek yogurt.
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