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Easy Black Bean Soup

This outrageously flavorful black bean soup recipe is simple to make in just 30 minutes! It uses canned beans and other inexpensive everyday ingredients. Eat it as-is or load it up with your favorite toppings!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword black bean soup recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 347kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 (14 fluid ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with juices
  • 3 (14 fluid ounce) cans black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 (4 fluid ounce) can diced green chilies with juices
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Garnish (optional): chopped cilantro (recommended), sour cream, tortilla strips, avocado, etc. to taste


  • Add the oil and onion to a soup pot and sauté it over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes (it's ok if it lightly browns - more flavor!).
  • Stir in the garlic, followed by the broth, diced tomatoes, beans, green chilies, red bell pepper, and spices.
  • Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil. Cover the pan with the lid slightly ajar, reduce the heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  • Using either an immersion blender or a regular blender, blend most of the soup (use caution - you may want to let it cool a bit first). You can blend it all, but I like to leave it a bit chunky.
  • Stir in the lime juice, and season with salt & pepper as needed (I found that I needed to add a fair amount of salt).
  • Serve as-is or with desired toppings.


  • This recipe serves 4, but it's easy to double all the ingredients if you need extras (just make sure to use a decent size pot).
  • Want to make this a spicy black bean soup? Add in 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or use spicy green chilies (I used mild ones).
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Nutrition info doesn't include any soup toppings.


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1726mg | Potassium: 1314mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 816IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 7mg