Spicy Black Bean Soup

Don't let the falling temperatures bring you down. This Spicy Black Bean Soup is just what you this fall and winter to keep you warm and cozy.

Don’t let the falling temperatures bring you down. This Spicy Black Bean Soup is just what you this fall and winter to keep you warm and cozy.

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Don't let the falling temperatures bring you down. This Spicy Black Bean Soup is just what you this fall and winter to keep you warm and cozy.

Friends, soup season is upon us and I’m totally here for it. Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup with a hunk of warm baguette.

This Spicy Black Bean Soup fits all the delicious fall soup requirements. Warm, hearty, filling. And the spice factor is an added bonus.

Don't let the falling temperatures bring you down. This Spicy Black Bean Soup is just what you this fall and winter to keep you warm and cozy.

Ingredients for Spicy Black Bean Soup:

The ingredient list for this soup is simple and quite healthy. Here’s what you will need:

  • Olive oil: For sauteing the veggies.
  • Onion and garlic: Brings lots of flavor to the soup.
  • Jalapenos: This is where the soup gets its spiciness and kick of heat. The recipe calls for a whole jalapeno. You can control the level of spiciness by removing the ribs (the white part inside the pepper) and seeds. If you like it hot, leave them in.
  • Cumin: Goes so well with black beans and is one of my favorite spices. It brings a rich, smoky flavor to the soup.
  • Chili powder: Adds another layer of spice to the soup.
  • Tomato paste: Adds a richness to the soup and provides a little acidity to balance out the richness of the other ingredients. You only need a few tablespoons for this recipe. I hate having to open a can just for a bit but have found you can buy it tomato paste in a tube and keep in the refrigerator for recipes that don’t need much.
  • Black beans: This recipe uses two cans of black beans. The beans and their liquid are added to the soup. This will help add extra flavor and thicken up the soup.
  • Vegetable broth: This helps thin out the soup. I chose to use vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian and vegan. You can also use chicken broth if you have it on hand. It won’t affect the end result.
Don't let the falling temperatures bring you down. This Spicy Black Bean Soup is just what you this fall and winter to keep you warm and cozy.

How to Make Spicy Black Bean Soup

This soup is super simple to make. Start off by adding the olive oil to a large pot over medium heat. Saute the onions and jalapenos for a few minutes.

Next, add the garlic to the pot and cook another minute or two, until softened and fragrant. Add the tomato paste, cumin, chili powder and salt. Cook another two minutes.

Don't let the falling temperatures bring you down. This Spicy Black Bean Soup is just what you this fall and winter to keep you warm and cozy.

Cooking the tomato paste a few minutes helps take out that tin taste from the can or tube it’s stored in. Cooking the spices this way helps release their flavors even more.

Add the black beans and vegetable broth next. Now you want to bring it to a simmer. At this point, I use a potato masher to lighty smash the beans on one half of the pot. This adds more texture to the soup and helps thicken it up as it cooks.

Simmer the soup for 20 minutes. It will thicken as it cooks and have the most perfect texture when it’s done.

Don't let the falling temperatures bring you down. This Spicy Black Bean Soup is just what you this fall and winter to keep you warm and cozy.

30-ish Minute Perfection

Not only is this soup packed with rich, spicy flavor but it’s done in a flash too.

From start to finish it will probably take you about 35 minutes. This includes chopping time, sauteing and simmering. And I promise even though it’s done quickly, it tastes like it’s been simmering away all day long.

Whether you need a warm hearty lunch, an easy dinner or a delicious, new meal prep option, I’m pretty sure this Spicy Black Bean Soup will become your new favorite.

Don't let the falling temperatures bring you down. This Spicy Black Bean Soup is just what you this fall and winter to keep you warm and cozy.

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Don't let the falling temperatures bring you down. This Spicy Black Bean Soup is just what you this fall and winter to keep you warm and cozy.
Don't let the falling temperatures bring you down. This Spicy Black Bean Soup is just what you this fall and winter to keep you warm and cozy.
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Spicy Black Bean Soup

Don't let the falling temperatures bring you down. This Spicy Black Bean Soup is just what you this fall and winter to keep you warm and cozy.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spicy black bean soup
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Meg’s Everyday Indulgence

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 fresh jalapenos, 1 finely minced and 1 sliced into rings for garnish
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 15.25 oz. cans black beans
  • 2 1/4 cups vegetable or chicken broth

Instructions

  • Heat a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Once hot, add olive oil. Add onion, minced jalapeno and garlic and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add cumin, chili powder, salt and tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add undrained cans of black beans and vegetable broth. Bring to a simmer. Using a potato masher, smash about half of the beans. Stir again. Simmer lightly for 20 minutes, stirring often. Smash beans more if you like a thicker soup. Serve with sliced jalapenos and a dollop of sour cream if desired.

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