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Bowl of black bean soup topped with avocado, cilantro, red cabbage, and lime.

Easy Black Bean Soup


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

The perfect black bean soup recipe! It’s healthy, easy to toss together and super flavorful. Instructions included for the slow cooker and stovetop.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried black beans (about 2 1/2 cups), soaked and rinsed
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt + more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper + more to taste
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • for serving: chopped fresh cilantro, avocado and lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Soak the beans overnight or about 8-12 hours. (see notes above). Drain and rinse.
  2. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and garlic. Season with a little sea salt and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent and starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add all the other ingredients to the pot, except the lime, cilantro and avocado. Stir to make sure everything is combined. Bring mixture to a boil before reducing the heat to medium and letting the soup simmer for about 2.5 – 3 hours, or until the beans are tender and creamy. Remove bay leaf.
  4. At this point you can either keep the beans whole or puree using an immersion blender or traditional blender to your desired texture. I like to puree just until pieces of the beans are still visible. This makes the soup thick, but keeps a bit of the texture.
  5. Taste soup and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Spoon soup into bowls for serving and garnish with avocado and cilantro. Serve with a lime wedge.

Slow Cooker:

  1. Soak the beans overnight or about 8-12 hours. (see notes above). Drain and rinse.
  2. In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and garlic. Season with a little sea salt and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent and starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. Place cooked veggie mixture in your slow cooker and add all the other ingredients except the lime, cilantro and avocado. Stir to make sure everything is combined.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 6-8 hours, until beans are tender and creamy. Remove bay leaf and follow instructions for blending and serving above.
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Soup

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 199
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 512mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Fiber: 22g
  • Protein: 14g

Keywords: black bean soup, slow cooker black bean soup