Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup Recipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
A topping of chopped hard-cooked eggs adds interesting texture and lends a cooling effect to this spicy Southwestern soup. Chopped cilantro supplies bright, fresh flavor and a welcome hit of color.


4 servings
Total time: 2 Hours, 50 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 2 Hours, 50 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 235
Fat 4.2 g
Satfat 1 g
Monofat 2.3 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 13.7 g
Carbohydrate 33.2 g
Fiber 5.3 g
Cholesterol 135 mg
Iron 3.1 mg
Sodium 631 mg
Calcium 50 mg


1 cup dried black beans (about 6 ounces)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (14-ounce) can organic vegetable broth
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
1/4 cup tomato paste
3/8 teaspoon salt
3 hard-cooked large eggs, coarsely chopped
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans.

2. Heat the olive oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté for 3 minutes or until tender. Add beans, 2 1/2 cups water, oregano, red pepper, cumin, broth, and chiles; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender.

3. Place half of bean mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour pureed soup into a bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining soup. Return to pan. Stir in tomato paste and salt; cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Ladle 1 1/4 cups soup into each of 4 bowls; top each serving with about 1/3 cup chopped eggs. Sprinkle each serving with chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.