Black Bean Soup

I know, for someone who is "on the fence" when it comes to soup, I certainly have a few recipes to share, don't I?

With this Pantry Challenge, I've been really trying to use what we have on hand for menu planning and menu prep ... so imagine my surprise when I went to make this and can NOT find a single can of black beans? What the heck??

Ahem. It would seem that Sonny Boy has been doing his own meal prepping and is putting together the fixings for knock of Chipolte Burritos using brown rice (pantry) corn (pantry) and ... you guessed it, black beans (pantry). I can't be mad at the kid, you know? ;-) So there was an Aldis trip bright and early in the morning ... and, of course, I spent more than I planned (but only because I got sucked in to the cheeses, the zucchini, veggies, and so much more!)

Ok. Back to the soup. This stuff was pretty spot on this time around. I've made it several times in the past and thought, myself, it was 'ok'. This time? Oh yeah ... I added a can of tomato sauce and THAT gives it the extra zing I've been looking for! Not to mention, it makes the soup a little more darker looking and not a funky brown color ;-)

Here's what you need:
1/2 lb bacon, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
3 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
32 oz carton of beef broth

1 can tomato sauce
1/2 tbs cumin
1/2 tbs chili powder
dash of A1 Bold and Spicy sauce

Ready to get this soup cooking? Let's go!

In large dutch oven style pan, cook bacon til just crispy. 

Toss in the onions and garlic and saute til soft.  

Add all the beans, broth, and the cumin and chili powder. Add the dash/glop of A1 (this is optional but I think it's what really gave it the kick!) and bring to boil. 

Reduce heat, and add the tomato sauce. Allow to simmer about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the bottom is not sticking/scorching/whatever!

After 20 minutes, take an immersion blender, or masher OR just remove half of the beans to a food processor/blender/bullet and puree. This will give the soup some 'depth' or thickness :) Add back to the remainder of soup (hey, be careful, the stuff HAS been simmering for over 30 minutes by now so it's HOT).

Serve it up with some sour cream, cheese, more diced onions (or green onions!) and tomatoes (and guac if you are Princess).

I'm so glad that this time, I froze half of the batch in a large ziploc bag (lay flat so it freezes flat and will thaw quicker) so I can just grab for a quick side of soup one night!

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  1. This looks delicious. I love black beans and I love soups so this us great. :)

  2. Can't wait to try your recipe for Black Bean soup, it sure looks delicious. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  3. I can't wait to try this! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  4. Super yummy soup idea! I love A-1 Sauce. Thanks for sharing at the Retro Re-Pin Party. Pinned.

  5. Lol! I always say "I'm not a soup person." But Lately I am drawn to soup recipes. Go figure.
    I've had black bean soup a few times. So-so. I like what you have to say about adding tomato sauce--that is probably what I need! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Whoo this looks so tasty :) pinned and featuring this week at Creative Mondays later :) thanks for linking up...

  7. I'm a big fan of black bean soup, yours sound delicious, especially with the bacon! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? :)

  8. Hello cute lady! I’m loving it. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for partying with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  9. Delicious soup, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinned and tweeted.


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