Black Bean Soup

Back in college, a great local cafe stayed opened into the wee hours ladling up their version of this stuff. The first time I slurped some[ of it down after midnight, I decided to make black bean soup my own tradition. Mine is hearty and smoky, and if it's lying around, I'll also throw in a can of beer for good taste and in keeping with the spirit of a good night on the town. Like the onion soup, you'll want to make this ahead of time so you're not faced with the prep-work when you and your friends just want to kick back and chow down after a long night. Using smoked bacon makes all the difference in the world because those beans are just begging for that rich, smoky flavor.]

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 10 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 (15 1/2-ounce) cans black beans, drained but not rinsed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Grated cheddar, for garnish
Directions
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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. Stir in the garlic and cook until you can smell it, about 1 minute. Add the broth, tomatoes, ketchup, 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. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, pick off all the thick stems from the cilantro. Wash it and shake dry. Chop the cilantro coarsely and stir it into the soup when it has been simmering 10 minutes. cook until the soup is thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lime juice. Serve with the garnishes.


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This is so good and pretty easy to make too. It's so delicious you don't even need the garnishes. Recommend you double the recipe to allow for leftovers. We've tried it both using an immersion blender and not using an immersion blender and prefer the chunkier version. Pairs well with corn bread and a salad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Consider liquefying a portion of the soup and recombining. 1/3 to 1/2 should do the trick depending on what you want the thickness to beans ratio to be. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Such an easy recipe for a great soup. I deviated a bit based on what I had on hand, so after using canned fire roasted tomatoes and regular chicken broth, I found the recipe to be a tad too salty. Didn't need to add additional salt. One of those times when what I thought were my small deviations from a solid recipe made a less than preferred difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This, to me, tastes like watered down baked beans. The bacon makes it too sweet and smoky. Maybe the ketchup makes it too sweet, too. I like hearty black bean soups, and this isn't one of them. I (accidentally) made it twice, and both times it turned out the same. If you like a sweetish soup that tastes a lot like baked beans, you might like this. If you like a rich, hearty bean soup, try almost any other recipe on Food Nework's website. Most are great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alas, the only black bean soup recipe you will ever need! Only changes I made was adding freshly ground ginger, chopped jalapenos, and subbing a fresh ham hock for bacon. I blended half in my NutriNinja. Incredible flavor, and the ketchup is the surprise ingredient that makes you think "what is that!" Will be making again for sure, might try the slow cooker next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my third time making the recipe and I just had to give it 5 stars again. It's become a regular in our house! The bacon is a great component. My husband preferred that it was removed from the fat and added in chunks and pieces later at the end. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy and quick. An immersion blender is a must to perfect the texture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Drained and rinsed the beans (less gassy that way), sliced the onions to keep them chunky, used 2 cans of chicken stock, used a can of fire roasted tomatoes, and tripled the chili powder. A few pulses with the immersion blender thickens it up but still keeps it hearty. Served it with sliced avocado, scallions, and sour cream. Very flavorful! The bacon gives it a nice smokey flavor. Definite wow factor here! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW, this is better than any I have had in a restaurant! I used a 15 oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes undrained instead of chopped, then briefly hit it with an immersion blender. Amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! I used a lb. bag of dried black beans vs. 4 cans of beans. I soaked them w/ 2 TBSP. of oil overnight w/ plenty of water for expansion. I cooked the beans in a pressure cooker for 15 minutes w/ the addition of 2 TBSP. of oil, TBSP. of organic low sodium chicken broth (paste), and a stalk of celery and an onion chopped slightly for easy removal. I had turkey bacon on hand and used it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing. I could hardly believe the other reviews because they were so glowing but it's true. This is one of the best soups I have ever tasted. I made two changes - cut the bacon in half and added 1 chipotle chili finely diced and a tsp of the adobo sauce. It tasted very spicy at first but then it mellowed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Don't pass up this recipe because it is truly delicious! The bacon, lime and cilantro add a wonderful touch. I only wished I had doubled or tripled the recipes to share with other. Oh well, next time and it will be soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think that this is the best black bean soup I have ever tasted. I used applewood smoked bacon and added a chipotle with adobo sauce. The lime juice really brings out the smokiness. My husband was not happy until he had finished off two bowls. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Outrageously delicious! I cooked the bacon first, then used the rendered fat to cook the onions, etc. I used two types of bacon - applewood smoked and black forrest. I also added half a smoked chipotle with adobo sauce, which added a depth of smokiness. I cooked my own beans with 2 bay leafs separately. After the soup had cooked, I pureed half the beans, which definitely made it creamy with some texture. It's beyond yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing depth of flavor and texture. The seasonings develop the soup into a savory and mouthwatering masterpiece. Made this just after New Year's and substituted chopped ham for the bacon. Also added 1 each chopped carrot and celery. This is worthy of a 4 star restaurant. If you are an aficionado of bean soup, this one should be added to your recipe box. item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW WOW WOW Great, my wife just made it and I had to eat two bowls. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! This is truly the most delicious soup! The bacon and the worcestershire is what makes the soup so good. I only used half the bacon suggested and replaced the diced tomatoes with salsa. I also added one finely chopped red bell pepper and two cups of corn. Oh so good!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Seriously delicious. My co-workers threatened to steal my lunch and my neighbor was begging me for the recipe. My fiance, who doesn't care for black beans and isn't a huge fan of soup, loved it. OUT OF CONTROL, people! I made the following substitutions: - some butter in the bottom of the pot instead of the bacon; - 8-9 garlic cloves (which I diced) instead of 6; - 2 fresh jalapenos instead of chili powder; - juice from whole lime instead of just half. If you're timid with spice, just 1 jalapeno (or even part of one) will work beautifully. Would also easily make a delicious VEGAN version if you substitute the butter for vegan-friendly cooking oil and the chicken stock for veggie. The trick is the combo of Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, garlic, jalapeno, lime, and cilantro. A+. Garnish totally not necessary with these bright flavors, but would also be delicious. I'd probably stick to a simple garnish like lime, maybe a dollop of vegan or regular sour creme. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best black bean soup recipe ever!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Beyond Amazing!! i usually shy away from bean soups but had to try this one. So happy I did! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Spectacular! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Incredibly fantastic! There isn't a better recipe out there, so you can stop looking! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good black bean soup. The best I'll ever tasted. I omitted the bacon and used olive oil. It didn't missed a beat it was very tasty. I'll make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow I'm totally impressed. I never say this but this soup is better than any I've had in a restaurant. I used turkey bacon for lower fat. My whole family including the kids loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is crazy delicious! It was so easy to make. I added a pinch of red pepper flakes. I also blended about half the soup and poured it back in the pot. It was creamy with pieces of bacon and chunky tomatoes floating around. I will make this again when we have people over. I highly recommend it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty! Super easy. I cut the recipe in half because it's just me and my boyfriend... but after tasting it, I definitely wish I had made more. I omitted the bacon, processed half the beans before adding it to the soupstew, and only used half the amount of ketchup. I just polished off the leftovers... I recommend it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really liked this. Would make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe! We omit the ketchup in favor of tomato paste but I'm sure that makes a very small difference to the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Black Bean Soup, but had never made it myself. This is the best Black Bean Soup I've ever had and it was so easy to make. I pretty much made it to the tee with a few exceptions...I used turkey bacon with just a little olive oil, added some fresh chopped jalapeño pepper and some green chiles for a little kick. Made enough to freeze for quick and easy lunches. This will definitely be a regular in my house. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted the canned black beans for 1 lb of dry black beans and cooked them on low in the slow cooker using 4 cups of chicken broth and two cups of water, bouillon, two cans of tomatoes, 1 tsp each of ground cumin and cayenne and everything else stayed the same....Well besides the bacon. I do not eat cured or smoked meat so I used 5 strips of Applegate smoke free and uncured Turkey Bacon. My family loves this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious, and easy. Instead of canned chicken broth, I use chicken stock that I make myself, a leftover from making Tyler Florence's Ultimate Chicken and dumplings. I make this soup about once a month and it gives me and my wife about three meals. Avocado makes a nice garnish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, Easy and Tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe exactly as instructed with the following exceptions; I thought I had four cans of black beans, but only had two cans and one 20 oz can of refried black beans. It worked out well and gave the soup a nice texture. Because my husband and I like a little heat, I added about a half tablespoon of red pepper flakes. I also only used half the cilantro, but will use the entire bunch next time. My husband loved it and had two bowls. Nex time, I might try adding a little celery and fresh habanero. What I liked best about this soup is that it tasted like I had made it the day before and the flavors had melded. I'll definitely make this again...next weekend? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for the first time almost exactly like instructed. The only thing I did different was use fresh tomatoes and I pureed the black beans with them before adding to the pot. So good and easy! Even had plenty for lunch the next two days!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great soup. I used my immersion blender to puree part of it to thicken it & added an additional can of stock. Because I used Heinz tomato ketchup with jalapeños, I didn't need the additional pepper & felt it didn't need the salt as well. I had cooked some bacon a few days before & didn't save any of the grease so I used olive oil instead. It was still really good & I bet you could even use coconut oil. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my goodness! OH. MY. GOODNESS! We don't eat black beans in my house but we're on a kick to try new things... Boy o boy this is on my short list of some of the best things I've ever made and ate. Easy to fix - can let it keep warm on the stove until you're ready to eat - was in my budget, and - was simply delicious! We had this with Fritos and home made chili with bread bowls. We'll definitely be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! Easy, cheap, quick, and my kids love it! A winner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple, tasty, low cost recipe. Most of the ingredients you will find in your pantry. I make this vegetarian style (no bacon or vegetable broth and is still very flavorful. For toppings I use cheddar cheese, low fat sour cream, cilantro, hot sauce and fresh lime. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Holy cow! This soup makes me look like a genius in the kitchen! So easy and beyond packed with flavor. Of course, bacon makes everything better! item not reviewed by moderator and published
An amazingly delicious and healthy soup. I poured off most of the bacon fat, and I didn't use sour cream - did use a bit of cheese on top. I used HOT chili powder, and added cayenne and chipotle powder on top of that. We love heat, so this made it just right for us. Wish there were nutrition notes posted for this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is wonderful and very easy to whip up in just a few minutes. I make it whenever I have a couple of strips of leftover cooked bacon. Today I made it using leeks instead of onion, because I needed to get rid of the leeks. I don't use canned tomatoes anymore due to the BPA issues, but a few chopped fresh ones worked just fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
the best bean soup ever, several modifications can be made due to personal tastes, like the level of heat, but the main ingredients are all keepers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent flavor, pretty easy soup. Made it exactly as outlined, only change I made was adding two diced chipotle peppers I had in the fridge for a little kick. Agree with everyone's comments that its more like a chili than a soup, but very hearty and flavorful and perfect for cold weather. Served with corn bread + my husband loved it. Will definitely be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good and easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is amazing! Next time I might cut back a little on the bacon, but even so it's incredibly flavorful. Yay SOUP! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! After it was done, I pureed part of the soup and then mixed it back in. I gave it a thicker consistency (cooked it in the crockpot though. Everyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great! I did not add the bacon drippings but did add the bacon. Trying to keep as much fat free as I could and eliminated the sour cream since I could not find the fat free. Loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this as written (did not increase stock or decrease beans and it was delicious! Used smoked bacon from Whole Foods, which rendered less than 2 T of fat, so no need to drain grease. Never got to the lime juice, cilantro or sour cream (soup was good without them but will try them next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, healthy, and delicious!! A definite repeat! Considered other's reviews and doubled the broth and cut back to 3 cans of beans. Didn't have cilantro so didn't include it. Served over wild rice, which made the dish even healthier!! Next time I will brown the bacon ... I didn't like the light uncooked looking color of the bacon floating in the soup, but it still tasted great!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made this for the first time tonight.... Read the reviews and made the following adjustments. Used regular thick cut bacon with a small amount of liquid smoke. Cooked it crispy and drained off all but 2T of bacon grease. Doubled the chicken stock because several people indicated the soup was more like chili w/o increasing the amount of stock. Cut back the cilantro by half which was plenty. Added 1/2t of cumin because I like it. And, ended up using the juice of an entire lime vs 1/2 lime..... The lime juice really made it for me. Simply FABULOUS!! Extremely flavorful. Add some crusty bread and you're in heaven. Great recipe :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
best black bean soup ever. Whenever I try to make this recipe without following the directions, my husband always says "something is missing". I now follow it exact every time. Its a big hit in my house for a picky husband. A few times I have put smoked paprika in this recipe and its really good but you cannot use too much. its pretty strong stuff. best recipe ever. I keep sharing it with friends. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is soooo good!! It's flavorful and hearty while being cheap!! During the winter I make this almost on a weekly basis!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Dave Lieberman's Black Bean Soup is out of this world! I work part time and take care of the meals for my husband and three son's ages 11, 13 and 16 years. My eleven year old won't eat beans but the rest of us LOVE this recipe. I also make the baked brown rice food network recipe and we put it in the soup. Its simply amazingly delicious. There was a smidgeon left and I am hiding it to eat lunch tomorrow. Thank you Dave!! This one is a definite keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I all loved this soup. I did make a few changes as others I used more broth,two boxes and I added one can of Rotel and I added some cumin, smoked paprika and poultry seasoning. Very good! I also blended a few cups of the mixture and added it back to the pot and I thought it made it so creamy and rich. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty. Wife loved it. The second time I made it I let the bacon slightly crisp and left just enough fat to coat the bottom of the pan. I added it back at the end. I also used a half tsp of smoked paprika and dropped the lime juice. Finally, I used an extra can of black beans. I used 1/4 cup of the liquid and added 4 ounces from the simmering beans and put the immersion blender to it. Added it back and it had just the consistency I was looking for. Now I need a southwest cornbread recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was great! Even my picky daughter ate it. Loved the bacon and cilantro. It was good for lunch the next day too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my goodness is this delish. It's so easy and versatile. We are veg so used fake bacon bits and liquid smoke to achieve the "smoky flavor" along with carrots and spinach for additional color. My family raved. This will be my go to black bean recipe from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy and rediculously easy! I like the recipe as it is but often add extra veggies. I make a batch about once a month and freeze individual portions for lunch during the week. People always ask for a taste/bowl and the recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just finished making and tasting this wonderful soup. I followed the recipe with the following substitutions. I used a can of Rotel mild tomatoes and dry cilantro. I used maple flavored bacon. This was so easy, fast and full of flavor. I can only imagine how great it will taste tomorrow. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great receipe!!! However, you are suppose to rinse the beans. I watched the program and he said to rinse the beans - the receipe says not to rinse the beans - typo error. I have foumd that many times the recipes that are printed here differ from the TV show. I always follow the the TV program directions. The only changes I made was that I cooked the bacon and then drained it - too much fatty oil. Then I returned it to the pot and added a tbsp of olive oil and then added the onions, scrapping the bottom of the pot to lossen all the bacon particles stuck to the bottom of the pot. Also, I used 6 cloves of garlic. It was so deliscious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG! Just finished wiping my mouth. This was so easy and delicious. I used Ro-Tel Original diced tomatoes with green chilies and added a little extra chicken broth. Pureed about 3 cups of soup then added back into soup to make it nice and creamy. This is a keeper. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making this soup since I moved into my first solo apartment in college some 4 years ago. Instead of using all plain black beans, I found that adding 2 cans of Ranch Style black beans and 2 cans of regular makes all the difference....also, don't skimp on the bacon...spending a few extra bucks on a good smoked bacon makes a world of difference. I also add a can of Rotel in addition to the canned tomatoes as well as the juice from 2 large limes (gives it a lovely tangy flavor. This recipe goes quick, so have all of your ingredients prepared and measured. I've shared this recipe with all of my family and friends and it is an absolute must for winter and football parties....I feel lucky if I even get to enjoy a bowl to myself because it goes soooo quickly! IF you get the opportunity for leftovers, the flavor of this stew just gets better over time...so enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous!!! The bacon and onions needed to cook for more than 4 minutes though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was delicious! My customers loved it, I was looking for something easy and fairly last minute, the only thing I changed were the beans, I didn't have canned so I used the dryed ones. ( I cooked them first of course! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We're doing a soup exchange at my work, with the intent of doing healthy and vegetarian soup recipes. I made this for my week, and it was so well reviewed everyone was asking for seconds, and scraped the pot clean. I made it the night before (with extra veggie stock, and only three cans of bean and then heated it in my crock pot today. Fantastic! Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely outstanding! I cut back a tad on the chili powder to satisfy my daughter's tastes, and added a bit more broth, but followed everything else exactly, This is by far the best black bean soup I have ever tasted. FANTASTIC. item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVE IT! I made it a couple days ago. I let mine stew a little too long, so it got really think like chili. Next time I'll just add in more chicken stock so it doesn't thicken as much. I had no clue by the ingredients that it was going to be so amazing, but I'm SO happy I tried it. It's going to be made often in my house! Thanks Dave! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love it, more like a chilli consistency. I use 3 cans of black bean instead of 4. Also, if you have thick fatty bacon cook 1 or 2 minutes more instead of the 4 minutes it says so you wont be chewing of fatty pieces when eating it. Great recipe my entire family loves it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Agree with the almost unanimous 5 star. Outstanding. Definitely needs double or tripe chicken stock, otherwise it's like chili. Try adding 2 tsp. curry powder for more complexity. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband likes black beans.. I do not!.. Well this soup is absolutely delicious. I cut the recipe in half for just the 2 of us. I did add some chorizo just to add a bit more flavor & spice. That was all I did.. I will definetely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has become one of my specialties, but with one adjustment. I prefer to use dried beans that have been soaked and drained rather than canned. The canned beans add a starchiness that I don't care for; whereas the dried beans seem to soak up the flavor of the soup better. Other than that, this is hearty enough for a cold winter night or can be fancy enough for company. So delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really easy and so good!! Great recipe. Made it as written. item not reviewed by moderator and published
VERY EASY! VERY QUICK! VERY DELICIOUS! It was a very cold day and I really was looking for a chili or stoup, but I did not have the time. I stumbled on this and made it in less than an hour after work. It was so easy that I was wondering if it would really taste good. It was great! This is a must try. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! I did switch a few things: drained beans (mostly, 16 oz chicken broth, traded chopped tomatoes for two cans diced fire roasted tomatoes with juices, used juice of whole lime, simmered 50 min total. Thanks, super recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm eating this right now and it is so freaking delicious! I didn't use the bacon, I just started sweating the onions in some olive oil. I used soy sauce instead of worcestershire. Also, I omitted the sour cream and cheese (I'm trying to save on calories. I also omitted the cilantro because it's not one of my favorite flavors. I bet it would be even better with the bacon, sour cream, and cheese, but honestly it doesn't taste like it's missing anything. Very good. I really wish I had some french bread or cornbread to eat with this. It is really, really delicious. It is very thick as one commenter noted but I like it better that way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was hesitant to make a soup using canned beans but decided to try it based on the reviews. I cut back on the bacon, chopped it up and cooked til very crispy, set aside & added it back in at the end. Otherwise followed the recipe pretty much as printed, used little more chicken broth, added cumin. Pureed 1/2 of the mixture and then added back in to rest of soup. My husband loves it! Definitely a keeper and quick/easy recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I must say like most of the other I did enjoy this soup recipe, although I think it should have been called " Cilantro Black Bean Soup". This is because I think a bunch of Cilantro as the recipe calls for is too much! It totally changes the flavor of the soup to a heavy Cilantro back. I do like Cilantro but it is too overwhelming. I would have rather sprinkled some chopped cilantro on the top as a garnish. Also, I would add double the amount of broth than the recipe calls for otherwise it is way to stew like. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG! My daughter asked me to make a black bean soup...found this recipe, and followed exactly ('cept I forgot the lime juice, but you couldn't tell! So Delicious! The cilantro really makes it taste FRESH! More like a stew than a soup! Definately making it again, real soon! Have to keep hubby out of the pot, so I can save it for my daughter! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! This soup was amazing. I made it with diced tomatoes with garlic and onion and omitted the cilantro. It was so good our family of 3 had no trouble finishing it in one sitting. Next time I will double the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great, easy recipe. I added 1 chopped red pepper. I didn't have chicken broth so I used 1/2 cup tomatoe puree. I used 3 fresh chopped tomatoes. Also added cumin, red pepper, chilli pepper, red pepper flakes. Yummy and easy!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of the best soups I have had the priveledge of making and enjoying. Thanks for the recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making this soup for a couple of years and it is amazing. Having vegetarians in the family, I totally omit the bacon and substitute olive oil (maybe 2 -3T. I follow all other ingredients exactly except add 1 T of ketchup (2 tastes a little too sweet for me and around 2-3 cans of chicken broth or chicken bouillon. 1 can of broth makes the soup too thick, I like it more soupy. Also, I simmer the soup for approximately 1 hour covered, then add most of the cilantro, cook for another 20 minutes and add rest of cilantro and lime juice, then cook for another 10 minutes. Take off fire and keep covered and let the soup sit until time to eat. For those who are vegetarians or cutting fat from their diets, believe me you won't miss the bacon. I keep getting asked for this recipe all the time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow this soup was outstanding, very chunky and satisfying! Everyone that has tried it wanted more! I will be making this again very soon!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is SOOOOOO Delicious!! I used Chicken Sausage instead of the Bacon (to cut down on the fat and it was still AWESOME!!!!! My family LOVED it and this recipe will definitely be a keeper in our home!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best black bean soup I've ever made. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tastey that is for sure!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this yesterday and my husband called me to tell me how amazing it was and that the kids loved it too! It was quick and easy to make and a definite keeper. I used prosciutto instead of bacon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!!! Just made this. It was a very rustic (chunky soup so I put it in the food processor. Absolutely delicious!!! Next time I might blend the liquid before adding the beans. Highly recommend this recipe!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
HOLY FLAPJACK!!! THIS IS FLAPJACKING INCREDIBLE!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is sooooooo good! I served it up in bread bowls and it was a huge hit! What great flavor, and the lime juice brightens the flavor considerably. I need to stress that the bacon needs to be cut very small, because if you just chop the slices, you will get some white bacon fat chunks. I also drained most of the bacon fat off after rendering and before adding the onion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
perfect, and I'm chicana! I've made this for years and its always a big hit! It can be a main dish or side. I serve it as a side to Enchiladas. Top the whole thing off with a Corona and you've got a really tasty meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this soup for a Ladies Knitting Nite....and it was wonderful....everyone loved it...and when I get a yen for the black bean soup, this is my recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like the recipe. Easy to do. However, I did not get the bacon as well cooked as I would have like. Still showing white bacon fat. Next time, I will use a skillet and scrap it all into the soup pot. Wonderful flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is great! This is the third time I've made it. I add a little less bacon. After I add the beans, I let this soup simmer for about a half hour, covered. About 10 minutes after the beans are added, I take a potato masher and coarsly mash up some of the beans in the pot. SO DELICOUS! It's a MUST-TRY! Ps. Dont forget the lime. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked the soup, but I thought it was more like a chili. 10 Pieces of bacon was a lot, and I think next time I'll add 5. I pureed 1/2 the beans, which made it obviously thick, and I wouldn't do that next time either. I would definitely make this again with the noted changes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic!! Will keep this recipe... yum item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVE this recipe!! I'm not a fan of chunky onions or tomatoes, so I completely pureed the soup, and it's sooo delicious! My changes/additions below My adjustments/additions ... * only used 3 pieces of bacon (just didn't want that much fat * only used 1/4 of 1 onion (finely minced * 3 cans of seasoned black beans * 1 can of diced tomatoes * 2 cups chicken stock * 3-4 tbls of bottled lime juice * 1 tsp+ (to taste of sea salt * cracked black pepper * 2 tsp cumin * 3 tsp of minced garlic in place of 6 cloves * 1-2 tbls of dried cilantro I used the immersion blender in the pot to puree - but can also use food processor or blender ;o It's GREAT with sour cream or shredded cheese with french or italian bread for dipping. If you use an immersion blender, it only dirties one pot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice hearty soup! I used fire roasted chopped tomatoes, replaced real bacon with Hormel bacon pieces to lower the fat content, added a little extra chili powder (& put in some cumin, and made it smoother by putting about 1/3 of it in the blender. Topped it with some avocado and sour cream...mmmm! Will def make this again : item not reviewed by moderator and published

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