This savory and delicious soup warms the soul.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
3 hrs 15 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
7 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
6 quarts
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the pinto beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 4 hours. Drain and rinse.

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  • Place the bacon in a large stock pot and cook and stir over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Add the onion, jalapeno peppers, and carrots; cook and stir until the carrots are soft. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Stir in the drained beans, tomato sauce, garlic powder, cilantro, salt, and pepper; simmer until the beans are tender, 3 to 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

266 calories; protein 16.6g 33% DV; carbohydrates 39.5g 13% DV; fat 5.5g 9% DV; cholesterol 11mg 4% DV; sodium 1046.6mg 42% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2010
I've spent years trying to find a good Campbells Bean & Bacon soup clone - - - this is it! Made as directed and it was good. Tweaked it just a bit by noting the following: to keep your beans from staying too hard, don't add salt or tomato sauce until beans are soft; I did the ole "boil the beans for a minute, let sit for an hour" thing with fine results; Used a mixture of navy, northern, and pinto beans; puree apx 1/3rd of soup to give it more consistency; Outstanding flavor - my thanks for the recipe !!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/01/2010
This could have worked well but all those peppers was way too much for me. One maybe even a half of one would have been enough. Needs work. Read More
(11)
48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2010
I've spent years trying to find a good Campbells Bean & Bacon soup clone - - - this is it! Made as directed and it was good. Tweaked it just a bit by noting the following: to keep your beans from staying too hard, don't add salt or tomato sauce until beans are soft; I did the ole "boil the beans for a minute, let sit for an hour" thing with fine results; Used a mixture of navy, northern, and pinto beans; puree apx 1/3rd of soup to give it more consistency; Outstanding flavor - my thanks for the recipe !!! Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2009
Very good and very flavorful! My 3 year old scarfed it down. The only thing that differed was the beans took forever to become tender but that always happens to me. Next time I will try it in the slow cooker. Thanks Buffy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2010
When I cook for the homeless this recipe is easy and multiplies great! I usually make it with 10 lbs of dry pintos. I substitute turkey bacon and beef kielbasa for the bacon. Everyone loves this soup! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2011
This was a very easy recipe...used green chiles instead of jalapenos (personal taste) my family loved it! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/01/2010
This could have worked well but all those peppers was way too much for me. One maybe even a half of one would have been enough. Needs work. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2009
This recipe is great! I left out the cilantro and jalapeno for milder palates. It reminded me of my favorite "canned" soup I had as a child. I made the recipe as stated except used canned white beans instead of soaking and cooking the pintos. It was good just a little too salty. Next time I used low-sodium broth bacon tomato sauce and beans. What a wonderful recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2010
I was skeptical that a recipe with such basic ingredients would be any good but this soup is delicious! I didn't add the tomatoes until the end when the beans were soft. I made a 1/4 recipe and only used one large pepper but it was plenty spicy. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2013
1. This soup was absolutely delicious! 2. When I made this I used 5 cups chicken stock almost 2 cups of beans a whole large jalepeno half a package of bacon and almost a whole large can of tomato sauce. This turned out WAY too spicy. It also was not meaty enough and a bit watery. The beans also didn't cook in time advertised in the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2009
my husband and i thought this was great. i followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious! Read More
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