Creamy bean soups of this type are served all over Mexico. Crunchy toppings add a textural contrast that is pleasant to the eyes as well as the taste buds.
Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups soup, about 3 tablespoons tortilla strips, 1 tablespoonsour cream, and 1 tablespoon minced onions)
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 360
- Calories from fat: 12%
- Fat: 5.3g
- Saturated fat: 2.1g
- Monounsaturated fat: 1.5g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
- Protein: 22.1g
- Carbohydrate: 58.5g
- Fiber: 11.4g
- Cholesterol: 18mg
- Iron: 4.5mg
- Sodium: 520mg
- Calcium: 148mg
- 1 pound dried black beans
- 2 bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 garlic cloves, sliced
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 cups Chicken Stock or 2 1/2 (16-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut into 1/4-inch strips
- 6 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
- 6 tablespoons minced fresh onion
- 6 lime wedges
- To prepare soup, sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain.
- Cook the bacon in pan over medium heat until crisp. Remove the bacon from pan. Add chopped onion, thyme, garlic, and bay leaves to bacon drippings in pan; sauté for 4 minutes. Add beans, bacon, Chicken Stock, and 3 cups water to pan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add salt, and simmer for 30 minutes or until beans are tender. Discard bay leaves. Place half of bean mixture in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Pour bean puree into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining bean mixture. Add to bowl.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- To prepare toppings, place the tortilla strips in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until tortilla strips are toasted.
- Ladle soup into each of 6 bowls, and top with tortilla strips, sour cream, and minced onion. Serve with lime wedges.
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