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best black bean soup

a recipe by
Tam D
The Dalles, OR

I've tried several versions of black bean soup, but this one had the best balance of flavors, and I think it's a keeper :) I love this soup because it's healthy and nutritious, super-fast and easy -- with great flavor, that's a winning combination!

serves 4-6
prep time 5 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For best black bean soup

  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 lg
    onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried celery leaves
  • 1 tsp
    beef base or bouillon
  • 1 tsp
    ground oregano
  • 2 tsp
    dehydrated minced garlic
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 tsp
    jalapeno bacon salt
  • 1 tsp
    salt, to taste
  • 2 can
    black beans, seasoned
  • 1 can
    refried black beans
  • 1 can
    beef broth
  • 1/2 c

How To Make best black bean soup

  • 1
    Saute chopped onion in olive oil and butter, in a 4 qt. dutch oven, on medium-low heat. Stir occasionally.
  • 2
    When it has good color (10-15 min.), stir in tomato paste and cook a minute or two, stirring often.
  • 3
    Add the beef base and spices, and cook another minute or two, stirring often.
  • 4
    Stir in the broth. Add the beans and the wine.
  • 5
    Bring to slow boil, covered, stirring often.
  • 6
    Blend in the refried beans. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15 minutes.
  • 7
    NOTES: You may serve with a garnish of sour cream or shredded cheese and chopped green olives, if you want to make it extra special, but it's perfect without the fuss :) I like full flavor and spice, but not a lot of heat. This recipe is spicy without being hot. If you want a version with meat, cut up some dried chorizo sausage and add it after the onion is cooked, with the tomato paste. I use J&D brand bacon salt -- it's amazing! You can get it from your grocery store, from their website, or from