My new favorite soup.
Easy to make, filling, and it tastes incredible. Sound too good to be true?
Mother Nature deserves the credit here as the simple black bean is doing most of the heavy lifting. Our job is to add just enough flava to make these nutritional powerhouses sing.
Mexican Black Bean Soup Recipe
Of course, you’re welcome to use a batch of homecooked beans, but this recipe is most handy for those days when you get home from work and need a no-thinking-involved meal, so we’ll use a simple can of beans and get an equally stellar result.
Note that the listed amounts of seasoning here have some wiggle room. I think this recipe tastes best when the beans are at the forefront and the added flavors are subtle, but we each have our own unique bean meter. There’s a 10 minute simmer at the end that gives a perfect opportunity to add more heat and seasoning if your tastebuds are calling for it.
OK, start by putting 2 tomatoes in the oven at 400F. These will be roasted ‘enough’ in about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, saute 1/2 onion and 2 cloves of peeled garlic in a dollop of oil over medium heat.
Rinse a single can of black beans under tap water. (Note: this is one of the slightly larger can of beans so it’s a bulging 2 cups of beans).
And prepare a single chipotle in adobo by cutting off the stem and scraping out some of the seeds.
Add the tomatoes to the onions. After 10-15 minutes in the oven they will break apart easily. (Note: an even speedier version omits the roasting of the tomatoes and just cooks them in the pan, but I find the roasting time is about the same as preparing the other ingredients so I usually do that.)
Add the beans along with 1.5 cups of stock (I used chicken stock but veggie works good too).
Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, dashes of freshly ground pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of oregano.
Mexican oregano seems to work really well in this dish so use that if you have it, but traditional oregano will work fine too.
We’ll also add only half of a single chipotle, keeping the other half in reserve.
Bring everything to a uniform temp and then add the mixture to a blender.
It doesn’t take much to combine the ingredients so a brief pulse blend will do the job.
Note that if you prefer to have some whole beans in the final dish then you can blend only a portion of the mixture.
Add the mixture back to the pan and simmer over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes.
This final simmer gives you the opportunity to tweak the seasoning, so this is the ideal time to take a few tastes.
I added an additional 1/4 teaspoon of salt and another pinch of oregano.
I like the subtle heat of using only 1/2 of a chipotle pepper, but you can add the other half if you want a more present heat.
Avocado bits seem to work really well here so I recommend adding some the first time around.
Not pictured is the drizzle of Mexican crema or sour cream that seems to be a perfect topper here.
It’s definitely worth your time to fiddle with the seasoning at the end to get it to a point where you really like it.
Finding a salt-oregano-chipotle combo that makes your tastebuds sing means you’ll always have the option of making this keeper dish just by storing a simple can of beans in the pantry. That is good news 🙂
- 1 can black beans (2 cups of beans)
- 2 tomatoes
- 1/2 white onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 chipotle pepper
- 1.5 cups stock
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- black pepper
Roast 2 tomatoes in the oven at 400F for 15 minutes or so
Saute 1/2 white onion and 2 peeled garlic cloves in a dollop of oil
Rinse 1 can of black beans (2 cups worth) under tap water
Prepare the chipotle by de-stemming and scraping out some of the seeds
Add the tomatoes to the onion and garlic
Add the beans along with 1.5 cups of stock
Add 1/4 teaspoon oregano (use Mexican oregano if you have it)
Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and dashes of freshly ground pepper
Add half of a single chipotle pepper
Cook for a couple minutes until everything is at a uniform temperature
Add the mixture to a blender and pulse blend (let some of the warm air out as you blend)
Add mixture back to pan for a final 10 minute simmer
Taste for seasoning and add additional salt, oregano and chipotle if desired
I used chicken stock here but vegetable stock will work too. And in a pinch using water will still give a good result.
While not necessary, Mexican oregano seems to work really well in this dish so I recommend keeping an eye out for some.
If you prefer eating whole beans you can blend only a portion of the mixture and leave the rest as is.