To everyone who said it tasted bland without the toppings... that's the whole point! If you don't have the toppings, don't make the dish. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed this. Next time, I won't make so much of it at once, though!
Cuban Black Bean Soup
MooAtU2 Posted: 11/21/08
lindsayF Posted: 03/25/09
This was great! My friend's baby kept signing "more" to keep getting a spoonful. I doctored up mine with jalapenos, cilantro, onions, ham, tomatoes and cheese, my one friend likes things plain and added ham and cheese, she was thankful it wasn't spicy. My other friend chose to go more vegetarian and liked it with cheese cilantro and onion. SOAK THE BEANS overnight before you even start. I have made it 100% the recipe before and it was great. This time, I did add chicken bullion and 2 cloves garlic to the 2 1/2 hour simmer. The bullion was an afterthought, I would just use some stock instead of all water next time. I added more cumin and some pepper, red pepper flakes, and ground coriander to the spice mix. Toppings are ingredients, not options, unless you like it plain. :) yum! Recommend the coconut banana bread with lime glaze for dessert!
ChefAmandaLynn Posted: 01/14/11
I added an additional tablespoon of salt, otherwise it would have been too bland. I also do not care for most of the reccomned toppings so I served it with just cilantro and grated pepper jack cheese. I thought it was excellent.
mtalbott Posted: 04/05/10
I love this dish, it is perfect for a lazy sunday night dinner. I do add mutigrain chips and monteray jack to the toppings and it is so yummy.
gholden Posted: 03/21/11
READ the recipe: 2 teaspoons of salt for 10 people!!! of course the soup is BLAND!!! This is a terrible recipe. Also, beans must be soaked before cooking. Do not bother making this soup.
Stephanie522 Posted: 12/22/11
Not my all time favorite recipe from this site but still pretty good. I do agree it is a little bland,however I know I like things saltier/spicier than average. I made exactly as is and added mexican blend cheese and a scoop of rice. It was tasty enough to me to not throw out but I'll definitely try to tweak it next time to get a little more kick!
pheimill Posted: 02/16/12
this recipe not helping Cuban foods reputation, which is it's a little bland. also, this recipe not cheap to make, with all the special items.
Vicuska Posted: 01/21/14
The soup was just ok, and none of us was crazy about it. Despite the wide number of ingredients, and the use of chicken stock instead of water, the soup was still missing something.