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.
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
How to Make It
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.
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.