Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
4 servings (serving size: 1 cup soup and 1 1/2 tablespoons cream)

"This soup is easy to prepare and has plenty of flavor from the aromatics, bacon, and sour cream garnish." —Gloria Bradley, Naperville, IL

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings in pan; set bacon aside. Add onion and celery to pan; cook 5 minutes or until celery is tender. Stir in 3/4 teaspoon cumin, chile powder, and garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in bacon, pepper, beans, tomatoes, and broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. 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 into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining bean mixture; process until smooth. Keep warm.

Step 2

Combine sour cream, remaining 1/4 teaspoon cumin, cilantro, rind, and juice in a small bowl. Drizzle cream over soup.

Ratings & Reviews

kcbuckeye's Review

January 12, 2013
Super yummy and filling! I should have doubled the recipe! The only change was using fire-roasted tomatoes that I had on hand.

madjack96's Review

October 08, 2012
One of the best black bean soups I have ever tasted and super easy to make. Add some chopped cilantro to the soup after pureeing, and the sourcream dollop is a must.

erikisst's Review

May 08, 2012
Really easy and very tasty! I was surprised how spicy it was but liked it a lot! I made cheese, tomato and mushroom quesadillas. Yummy and delish! I think next time I might dial back the chipolte chili powder just a tad but otherwise superb recipe!

ktportland's Review

April 27, 2012
Wow! This soup was super good. Great flavor. The only things I did differently was adding a chopped jalapeno (with the onion) and a second can of black beans. Yum!

carolfitz's Review

March 31, 2012
Very tasty. Made to directions except added one diced chorizo sausage to the blended soup & brought all back to temp. Subbed fat-free sour cream. Served with the recommended flour quesadillas. Very attractive in the bowl, with the dollop of cilantro cream. Good lunch on a snowy afternoon.

jeichner's Review

February 01, 2012
This was really good! Especially for how quick and easy it is. I did follow suggestions from other reviewers and used 2 cans of black beans and I think I used 3 slices of bacon. I used a whole onion (our onions would never be small enough to only equal 1/2 cup, so it was probably more like 3/4 or a full cup) and 2 cloves of garlic. I always have whole canned chipotle chiles on hand, so I diced about one whole one and probably threw about 1 teaspoon of the "sauce" in as well. Could definitely add more if you like a little heat, I try to keep it reasonable since I am serving a two year old and four year old. Added about an extra cup of chicken broth, but kept the tomatoes the same. I thought this was a perfect balance of bean to tomato flavor. I just used my hand blender and didn't puree super smooth, it's ok to have a little texture in this type of soup in my opinion. The cream is great, but the soup is still excellent without it!

AngieKQ's Review

November 06, 2011

moohopala's Review

March 07, 2011
I have made this recipe many times and it is always delicious. Don't skip the cream. It really gives it a nice flavor. After making this recipe a ton of times as is, I have tried it with a few modifications. I doubled the beans, tomatoes, bacon and spices and it comes out as a thicker soup. I also only blend half the soup, because I like it a little chunky. This last time I used these little Knorr Chipotle cubes that I found in the hispanic isle at the grocery store and it gave it a nice kick. They are delicious and waaaay cheaper than Chipotle chili powder in the normal spice isle.

Rebecca111's Review

January 13, 2011
This was a good recipe! I would make a few changes, just based on what I like: add more bacon (so you can actually taste it), and use 2 cans of black beans and only 1/2 can of tomatoes. Also, don't forget to sprinkle some cheese on top! The Cilantro- Lime Cream is the best part and can definitely be used for other recipes too!

lovetocookAZ's Review

January 08, 2011
This recipe rocks! I've made it for a couple of pot lucks and I always get requests for the recipe. It's super easy too!