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Salsa Bean Soup

Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups soup and 2 tablespoons cheese)
To streamline your preparation, chop the cilantro and grate the cheese while the soup cooks. You can vary the heat with your choice of salsa. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) bottle salsa
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 213
  • caloriesfromfat 24 %
  • fat 5.7 g
  • satfat 2.9 g
  • monofat 1.5 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 13.8 g
  • carbohydrate 36 g
  • fiber 12.6 g
  • cholesterol 13 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 957 mg
  • calcium 215 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in water, chipotle powder, beans, and salsa. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 1 minute.

  2. Place 3 cups of black bean mixture in a blender; process until smooth. Return pureed mixture to pan. Stir in lime juice; simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.