Rating: 4.73 stars
230 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 185
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2

All you need is a couple cans of beans, an onion, some bacon, and spices to whip up this simple but delicious soup.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Relish:
Garnish:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Place bacon in a cold pot. Turn heat to medium, cook and stir until the bacon is cooked but not crisp.

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  • Stir in onion; cook and stir for 5 minutes, until the onion turns translucent and golden.

  • Stir in garlic; cook for 2-3 minutes. Add chicken stock, turn heat to medium-high. Stir in oregano, cayenne and salt. Add black beans and water. Return to a simmer.

  • Simmer on medium-low, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes. While it's cooking, mash about half the beans to thicken the soup.

  • Stir in black pepper and cumin. Add salt to taste.

  • Make the relish by stirring together minced green onion, sambal paste, and lime juice.

  • Serve garnished with relish, chopped green onions, and sour cream.

Nutrition Facts

320 calories; protein 18.8g; carbohydrates 43.5g; fat 8.8g; cholesterol 19.9mg; sodium 1182.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (175)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2012
This was quite good. I left out the bacon to cut calories and replaced the can of water with more chicken broth to up the flavor. Came out delicious. Do make the garnish and use either sour cream or yogurt to top it off. Black beans are so healthy so any way to incorporate them into your diet is a winner - if it's tasty too than all the better! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/25/2013
overwhelming amount of bacon fat. Read More
(8)
230 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 185
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2012
This was quite good. I left out the bacon to cut calories and replaced the can of water with more chicken broth to up the flavor. Came out delicious. Do make the garnish and use either sour cream or yogurt to top it off. Black beans are so healthy so any way to incorporate them into your diet is a winner - if it's tasty too than all the better! Read More
(86)
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2013
I am really surprised that no one has mentioned the use of an immersion blender for this recipe. If you don't have one of these handy "stick" blenders, I strongly suggest you invest in one. It's much easier to use and clean than a regular blender for this type of application. You can control how thick you want the soup to be by the amount of time you blend the soup, and you do it right in the same pot! What could be easier than that? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2012
subbed basil for oregano and simmered an hour to thicken and blend flavors. Cheated and used blender. Awesome flavor! Loved this - will make again for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2012
Best Black Bean soup I've ever had! BONUS: I made it! :) I used low sodium beans, but followed the recipe exactly and the result was perfection! I didn't even make the relish, but I did use sour cream. It was a big hit with the hubby too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2013
Really good! I have a always relied on a wonderful recipe from a Seattle restaurant (Cafe Sport -- now gone), but it took a better part of a day to make. This is just as flavorful and easy to make for a weeknight dinner. I made the recipe as written and added a large diced carrot for color. I used an emersion blender and cooked it down to a thicker consistency, so it made about 2 large bowls worth. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2012
Just tried this recipe. Is it just me or would this be EPIC with some grated cheddar on top? Just an idea. Also I think the soup will taste good no matter what but would probably look "prettier" if it was blended/pureed a bit if you're willing to take the extra time. All in all a scrumptious hearty soup! Also I think because of the bacon it doesn't need a lot of extra salt-- just be wary with that shaking hand! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2014
About to make this exactly as written for the third time...(triple the recipe this time for freezer). In addition to the wonderful garnishes I put fresh slices of avocado on top in a pinwheel shape...simply fabulous! EDITED to add: I have tried a potato masher then an immersion blender. The masher works a lot better as it doesn't pulverize the bacon. I make this a lot!! Thanks Chef John!! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2015
I followed the core recipe except I made a couple adjustments. I cut down to two pieces of bacon used a little olive oil added a green pepper with the onion 3 cups of chicken broth instead of 2 1 can of water 2 garlic cloves instead of 3 immersion blender (as mentioned in another review) and as little corn starch at the end to thicken it up a bit. AMAZING. A little bit of rice in the bowl then added the soup....delicious! Next time I will take out 1/2 or 1/3 the beans before I use the immersion blender then replace the beans into the soup puree. That way there's a little more bean texture. Great recipe nonetheless Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2012
This is so good I'm not even done with it and I have to come give it a good review! Don't change anything about it it is perfect. I didn't have red chili or sambal but I did have red curry paste which had red chili peppers in it. I used it for the relish and I can't imagine the dish without these flavors. Read More
(15)
Rating: 1 stars
01/25/2013
overwhelming amount of bacon fat. Read More
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