Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield
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

moohopala
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

jeichner
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

dory92064
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

PinkLadyLA
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

kcbuckeye
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

madjack96
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

Mich73
November 06, 2011
N/A

moohopala's Review

DMan49
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

LindaSNYC
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

hmarsh
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!