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Easy Black Bean Soup

I have to be honest with you. This soup isn’t as pretty as I’d hoped it would be. I thought it would look creamier and be thicker. I was almost embarrassed to serve it to my family. We’ve all had moments like that right? Despite how defeated I felt, I poured us all a bowl and much to my surprise, we all loved it!

M loved it so much she requested it for both lunch and dinner and Mr. Weekly Bite polished off two bowls.

This goes to show that just because something doesn’t turn out as you’d hoped, doesn’t mean it won’t taste good 🙂

Black Bean Soup

Adapted from David Leiberman


  • 5 slices smoked bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 (15 1/2-ounce) cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Grated cheddar, for garnish


Put the bacon into a large heavy pot and place it over medium heat. Cook until it starts to give up its fat, about 4 minutes. Stir in the onions and cook, stirring, until they start to turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Add in the garlic powder and cook for 2 more minutes.  Add the broth, tomatoes, Worcestershire, and chili powder. Stir in the beans, turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Adjust the heat so the soup is bubbling gently and cook 10 minutes. Add lime juice and stir. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream. Season with salt and pepper.

Garnish with cheddar cheese and serve.

9 Responses

  1. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) said on November 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I love soups for dinner.

    Soups are hard for me to photograph though. haha. They always look boring even though they are SO tasty! Don’t worry though, I think it looks delicious.

  2. Marisela said on November 9, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Just what the doctor ordered for this cold, sunny day! Yum, yum.

  3. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said on November 9, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I think it looks and sounds delicious! I’m all about soups right now. So warming and comforting.

  4. Nicole, RD said on November 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I think it looks wonderful! Much prettier than the mud-looking black bean soups I’ve made in the past!

  5. Anna @ On Anna's Plate said on November 9, 2011 at 11:02 am

    It doesn’t look like there’s anything embarrassing about that soup!!! Looks tasty!

  6. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on November 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I love the addition of bacon in black bean soup! I bet that adds so much flavor!

  7. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on November 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    This looks beautiful to me! Soup isn’t always the prettiest, but it always seems to hit the spot!

  8. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on November 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    When both husband and child love a meal, I count it as a success no matter what! I think this soup looks delicious. 🙂

  9. Anne at Always Half Full said on November 10, 2011 at 5:12 am

    I’ve never had black bean soup. But your crock pot beef stew and creamy chicken noodle soup have been hits at our house. So I’ll have to throw this on the menu soon!