Black Bean Soup


Black bean soup is made with smoked pork for flavor and chili powder for a touch of spice. Garnish with fresh cilantro and crumbled bacon.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ½ cups dry black beans

  • 4 cups water

  • 3 slices bacon

  • 2 medium onions, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 smoked pork hocks

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • ¾ teaspoon instant beef bouillon granules

  • ½ teaspoon pepper

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Rinse black beans. In large saucepan, combine black beans and 4 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or, place beans and 4 cups water in large saucepan. Cover and let soak in a cool place for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.) Drain and rinse beans; set aside.

  2. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon; drain on paper towels. Set aside. Cook onions, celery, and garlic in hot drippings about 5 minutes or until tender. Add black beans, pork hocks, 4 cups water, vinegar, chili powder, beef bouillon, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 11/2 hours or until beans are tender. Add additional water during cooking, if necessary. Skim off fat. Remove meat. When cool enough to handle, cut meat off bones; coarsely chop meat. Discard bones.

  3. Meanwhile, using a potato masher or fork, lightly mash bean mixture. Return chopped meat to pan. 1 tablespoon cilantro; heat through. To serve, crumble bacon over soup. Top with additional chopped cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

411 Calories
21g Fat
32g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 411
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 241mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 11g 40%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 743mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.