Tex-Mex Bean Soup with Rice

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles

1 15-ounce can no-salt-added black beans, drained and rinsed

1 15-ounce can no-salt-added pinto beans (do not drain)

1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice, thawed if frozen

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

8 corn tortillas

1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese (about 2 ounces)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper; cook until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, black beans, pinto beans and 6 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and stir. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove 1/2 cup of the bean mixture to a bowl using a slotted spoon; mash with a fork, then return to the pot along with the rice and 1/4 cup cilantro. Cook until the soup thickens, about 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Warm the tortillas in a dry skillet or wrap in damp paper towels and microwave; wrap in foil to keep warm.
  3. Top each serving of soup with the cheese and the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro. Serve with the warm tortillas.