Black Bean Soup

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Adam asked me yesterday if I have ever posted this recipe here, and when I told him no, he was horrified.  This is absolutely a favorite in our home.  We recently started rating our meals on a scale of 1 to 5 with the 1 being "this is awful.  I think we should go grab hamburgers instead of eat this for dinner" and 5 being "There will be leftovers, right?" and "I think you should make this for dinner tomorrow night, too!" This recipe is an undisputed 5 in our house.  We make it about every 2 weeks and never get tired of it!  It is a delicious combination of creamy and savory that tastes amazing and leaves your taste-buds singing!

Black Bean Soup
Based on this recipe from Our Best Bites but 
I modified it quite a bit to my taste.  

Serves 4 - 6
1 Tbs olive oil
4 cloves of minced garlic
1/2 - 1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cans of rinsed black beans (or 30 oz of soaked and cooked dried beans)
2 cans of beef broth (MUST be beef broth!  Do not try to sub in another kind of broth!)
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
a pinch of chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dry oregano
1 bay leaf
3 oz cream cheese

Place a large stock pot on stove over medium heat.  Add olive oil then add carrots, onion and garlic and sautรฉ for about 5 minutes until onions begin to soften.  Add black beans and beef broth.  Add spices and stir.  Simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender.  Remove from heat and remove bay leaf.  Blend soup in blender until smooth.  Add cream cheese and blend again.  Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread! 


  1. I left a comment here yesterday, but somehow it didn't stick! So, I'll try again.

    MAKE THIS when I come to visit!! Yumm!!

  2. This is going into my pile of recipes to try soon! Looks yummy :)

  3. I made this for the first time (my hubby and daughter are not fans of anything bean), and it was remarkably good!

    I am curious though, I'm hoping to make this for my husband's parents who are pretty solid vegetarian (but eat dairy), why did you find by using a different beef broth? I rally need something I can substitute for vegetable broth? Do you have a shutterbug vegetarian recipe?

    Thank you!

    1. Yay! I am thrilled that you liked it! This is one of my very favorite recipes on this blog.

      I felt like the beef broth gave it a much better flavor. You could definitely use a vegetable broth, but I thought it wasn't nearly as good. Granted, I used vegetable broth that I made myself, so it was much less salty than a commercial vegetable broth, which could have been part of it. I would totally try it out, and see what you think (and then tell me what you thought, because I would love to know!).

      Mostly, I can only guarantee the soup will taste fabulous with beef broth, because it didn't turn out as well for me with vegetable broth, but I think you should try it out!

      Also, what is a shutterbug vegetarian recipe? Could you explain what you mean? I am not familiar with that... :(

  4. I'm laughing myself to tears! Total typo! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I think I meant tried and true vegetarian recipe!

    I will definitely try it with better than bullion vegetable broth and let you know!! ☺

    1. Haha! That is great! I wondered if it was, but figured I should check, because I had no idea what you were asking :)
      As for the tried and true recipes, I cook vegetarian almost all the time, so here are a few recipes that I love and go back to again and again:

      Good luck! Cooking for in-laws can be stressful!

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  7. Really enjoyed this recipe. Thanks Landen. I left out the cream cheese and let the kids add a scoop of sour cream to the soup. I added some avocado to mine.

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