Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Prep: 15 minutes; Cook: 11 minutes. Chipotle chili powder is made from smoked jalapeño peppers.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

lledbett's Review

December 24, 2014
This recipe deserves to be reviewed and rated. I make it frequently. It comes together really quickly and the flavors balance very well. I think the zucchini and the chipotle chili powder are the secret ingredients. I am always surprised at how good it is. I like that it only makes 4 servings, as I am usually cooking for one. If you are in to wine pairings, a Spanish albarino pairs well. Enjoy!