5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup
5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup- you won’t believe how easy this soup is to make! Just 15 minutes is all you need for a quick and healthy meal that’s packed full of protein and antioxidants! (vegan + gluten-free)
Who here loves black bean soup?
I know you can’t see it but I promise you my hand’s raised high. The two recipes I already have on my site should be evidence enough.
You might be wondering why on earth I’m posting a third black bean soup recipe. Well the first one I shared is my all-time favorite but it’s not the easiest to make. The second one is easier but it requires me digging the slow cooker out from underneath my bathroom cabinets which I’m not quite ready for yet. I will be soon though because #winteriscoming
Sometimes I just need something I can throw together with whatever I have in my pantry and it not require any chopping or standing around in the kitchen. This 5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup is the answer, my friends.
I know some of the sophisticated culinary peeps out there are probably snickering at this recipe but I’m okay with that. I don’t care how simple it is as long as it tastes good and I’m getting the nutrition I need.
Beans make that easy to do because they’re not only affordable but they’re also a significant source of protein, fiber, and iron. Because of their awesome nutritional profile and the fact that they’re drought-resistant, making them a sustainable and environmentally friendly option, the United Nations has chosen 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses. Examples of pulses include dry peas, lentils, beans, and chickpeas.
I created this recipe in partnership with USA Pulses and Pulse Canada in hopes that it will inspire you to join me in taking the Pulse Pledge – a commitment to eat pulses at least once per week for 10 weeks. Not only will it help reduce your carbon footprint but it’s also beneficial for your overall health. Plus, you’ll get free recipes, win-win! Visit www.PulsePledge.com to learn more.
A few quick notes about the recipe:
- I recommend using BPA-free canned beans whenever possible. BPA is nasty stuff.
- Be sure to choose a quality salsa as it lends the majority of the flavor in this recipe. I always try to avoid any with added sugar or preservatives.
- Pick the level of heat for your salsa (mild, medium or hot) that you would like for the soup.
- I also like to stir-in a teaspoon of chipotle powder for a slightly smoky heat. Feel free to add your favorite spices that you have on hand too!
- Toppings are not required but they make it taste even better. I like to add fresh squeezed lime juice, avocado, diced tomato and cilantro. Oh, and tortilla chips. I’ll take any excuse to eat more of those.
5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup
Yield: 4 bowls
Prep Time: 5
Cook Time: 10
Total Time: 15
- 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained
- 16 ounces salsa*
- 1 cup vegetable broth**
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
In a large pot, combine one can of beans, salsa, vegetable broth, cumin and chili powder. Feel free to add any of your favorite spices as well. I like adding a teaspoon of chipotle powder for it’s smoky, spicy flavor. Stir everything together then bring to a boil.
Allow to cook for 10 minutes, stirring intermittently. Using an immersion blender (or a regular blender) blend the soup until thickened. Stir in the remaining can of beans and cook for 5 more minutes. Add salt (or garlic salt, if you have it) to taste. Serve warm with your favorite toppings (such as diced avocado and cilantro) and enjoy!
*Be sure to choose a quality salsa as it lends the majority of the flavor in this recipe. I always try to avoid those with added sugar or preservatives. Pick the level of heat for your salsa (mild, medium or hot) that you would like for the soup.
**I prefer to use 1 teaspoon of the bouillon pictured above combined with one cup water to create my own broth. The flavor is so much better than store-bought broth!
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