Main Dish Recipes

Black Bean and Bacon Soup

Perfect hearty and simple soup for fall and winter (and reheats really well, so it's great to make ahead!)

During November and December, I feel like the Internet is overrun with treat recipes (and my real life is overrun with treats as well) and what I really need is actual real food.

I made this recipe fairly often YEARS ago, and then hadn’t made it in probably four years. Last week, when all of Bart’s family was in town, I made a giant pot of it and Bart took one bite and said, “I LOVE this soup. You haven’t made this in forever.”

That’s the kind of reaction you like when you made such a huge batch that there were lots of leftovers.

I put it all together early in the day and then just let it simmer for the whole afternoon while we headed out on some adventures, and it was delightful to come home, whip up some biscuits, and have dinner ready to go for a crowd of thirteen.

Plus, since you’ve had some real food, you can definitely enjoy a plateful of goodies brought over by your kind neighbors/co-workers/self.

Perfect hearty and simple soup for fall and winter (and reheats really well, so it's great to make ahead!)

Black-Bean Soup
(adapted from It’s So Tasty Too)

Serves 6-8

12-16 ounces bacon, chopped
3/4 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped carrots
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 jalapeno chili, minced, seeds removed
4 cups (2 cans) cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 large tomato, chopped
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons ground cumin

Cook bacon in heavy large pot over medium heat until cooked but not quite crispy, about 8 minutes. Do not drain.

Saute the vegetables, garlic and chili with the bacon and then add the beans, broth, chopped tomato, vinegar and cumin.

Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer soup, stirring occasionally, about 1-2 hours.

Before serving, process in a blender or with an immersion blender until mostly smooth.

Salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

Perfect hearty and simple soup for fall and winter (and reheats really well, so it's great to make ahead!)

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  • Reply KT November 30, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Ok, I feel really stupid, but are the black beans mentioned in this recipe? It's obvious they are in the picture, but I've read through it several times and don't see them!

    • Reply SS November 30, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      I was thinking the same thing!

    • Reply Janssen November 30, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Yikes! You are both right. Fixed now!

    • Reply Amy Wierks November 30, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Yes, me too:) and my 5yo son is looking over my shoulder telling me to make it… on the meal plan for next week😃

    • Reply KT December 1, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      thanks for fixing it! we'll definitely be adding it to the rotation soon!

  • Reply Helen Reynolds November 30, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Hi! This sounds delicious but you left out the beans from the recipe! Oops! Can you let us know how many you used? Thanks!

    • Reply Janssen November 30, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      You're right! I just fixed the recipe and it's supposed to be 4 cups of cooked black beans.

    • Reply Helen Reynolds November 30, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks! Definitely trying.

  • Reply Paige Flamm November 30, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Since our entire house is black bean obsessed… I feel like we should be having this for dinner every night.

  • Reply Unknown December 1, 2016 at 12:10 am

    I'm sorry, but when do you add the beans? I'm not seeing that step.

    • Reply Janssen December 1, 2016 at 12:42 am

      After the vegetables are sautéed, along with the broth and tomato. Good luck!

  • Reply Anna Nicosia December 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    You never drain out the bacon fat, correct?

  • Reply Lindsey C December 6, 2016 at 3:03 am

    This recipe inspired me to actually cook a real meal! While Blakely is on a 9 day work trip. (I'll accept my pay in the back now please) So delicious! And I think you may have made this for us in Texas? So it made me all sorts of nostalgic 🙂

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