Prep: 15 minutes; Cook: 11 minutes. Chipotle chili powder is made from smoked jalapeño peppers.
Health MARCH 2004
1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add diced ham, and cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Add onion and zucchini; cover and cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in minced garlic and chipotle chili powder; cook 30 seconds. Add chicken broth, 1/2 cup black beans, and salt.
2. Puree remaining beans with 1/2 cup water in a blender until smooth; stir into soup, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes. Divide soup evenly among 4 bowls. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro, if desired.
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