Carib Black Bean Soup


A creamy soup with a touch of Caribbean flavor. Uncle Bill's Tips: If using canned beans, reduce cooking time to 40 minutes after adding the beans. You may also use 2 (7.5 ounce) cans flaked ham if you desire a different flavor. Add ham to cooking pot after adding broth.

12 servings


  • 2 ½ cups dry black beans

  • 6 cups water

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 6 stalks celery, chopped, with leaves

  • 2 cups water

  • 8 cups chicken broth

  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ cup sherry

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup chopped green onions


  1. In a medium-size stock pot, add dried black beans and 6 cups of water, cover and let soak overnight.

  2. In another large stock pot, heat olive oil and add onion, minced garlic and chopped celery. Saute until vegetables are softened.

  3. Drain and rinse soaked black beans. Add pre-soaked beans or drained and rinsed canned beans to vegetable mixture along with 2 cups water and broth. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer.

  4. Add cayenne pepper and ground cumin. Partially cover the pot and simmer over low heat for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until beans are soft.

  5. Puree soup in batches in food processor or blender. Return pureed soup to stock pot and simmer.

  6. Add vinegar, sherry, soy sauce and pepper. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt and chopped green onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

199 Calories
5g Fat
30g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 199
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 128mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 709mg 15%

* 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.