Do you like soups? I absolutely love them! I am a particular fan of bean soups. Maybe because both of my Grandmother’s made them all the time. They were economical and made a lot to pass around. They are also filling. Add a side salad and some hot bread and your eating like Kings and Queens in my opinion.
My black bean soup has evolved over the years. I like Turkey Kielbasa in mine. My daughter likes to put shrimp in hers. Chorizo sausage is also killer in this. Whatever your addition is, the base is easy and will allow you to put whatever you want in it.
This was a particular go to when the kids were younger and especially at Halloween. I could fill them up quickly and send them out the door to Trick of Treat. They left with a full and warm belly before the fun began. They all love it to this day.
This soup is big on the flavor train. We like to top ours with some grated cheese, sour cream, and a bit of chopped green onion. If you’re a bean soup fan this one is worth trying. As with all soups, if you have any left over, it’s better the next day. I hope you like it!
BLACK BEAN SOUP
- 1 T Olive Oil
- 1 medium onion, small chop
- 3 clove garlic, minced or grated
- 8 cans of black beans
- 1 1/2 quarts of chicken stock
- 1 T ground cumin
- 1/4 t cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lb Kielbasa, cut in half and chopped into half moons
- Saute the onion in the olive oil over medium heat until translucent.
- Add the garlic and continue to saute until it is fragrant, being careful not to let it burn.
- Add the cumin, cayenne, and season with salt and pepper.
- Add 4 cans of beans and mash with a potato masher.
- Drain and rinse the other 4 cans of beans and add to the pot.
- Add the chicken stock.
- Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Stir it frequently to prevent sticking and burning.
- Add the kielbasa and cont to cook until it is heated through. *(if using another meat cook it prior to adding)
Serve with your favorite grated cheese, sliced green onion, and sour cream. I also like to add a little hot sauce to mine for an added kick. This easily doubles for a larger crowd. It can also be halved for a smaller portion.
Til next time,