This is a zippy Southwestern-flavored black bean soup. We make it with canned beans so it comes together in minutes. If you have leftovers, pack them up in individual serving containers for lunch the next day. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2010

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Add beans, water, salsa and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in lime juice.

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  • Transfer half the soup to a blender and puree (use caution when pureeing hot liquids). Stir the puree back into the saucepan. Serve garnished with sour cream and cilantro, if desired.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro, if desired, just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

206 calories; 4.4 g total fat; 0.4 g saturated fat; 497 mg sodium. 624 mg potassium; 33.8 g carbohydrates; 10.7 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 10.1 g protein; 758 IU vitamin a iu; 7 mg vitamin c; 97 mcg folate; 89 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 12 mg magnesium;

Reviews (39)

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39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2019
Yummy! So easy and flavorful. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2019
I did add 1 carrot celery and a small red pepper. It was awesome! Great taste and very flavorful. Will definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2017
Easy to make and great Mexican flavors. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2016
Easy to make uses ingredients I usually have on hand filling tastes great. Serviced with jalapeno quesadillas for a great easy dinner. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2016
Easy to make and tastes awesome. Will make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2016
I think this soup was awesome. It only took 15-20 min. prep time. I followed the recipe with the exception of: No Salsa No yogart No celery (because did not have) I did not have cilantro except dried sprinkled it on as it was simmering. Now the kicker is I mistakenly picked up red kidney beans and was cooking when I discovered they were not black beans. So went to pantry- found a can of Bush Cocina Latina Frijolas Negros Machacodos seasoned. That took the place of using the blender to mash. It added spice and thickening to the soup. I also use some left over ham and browned it with the onions peppers carrots. This soup turned out so good that I will make again. I saved my error by using the black bean Machaecodos. I don't think it changed the recipe that much but a wonderful taste. I just had to use my imagination to save it when I found out kidney beans were in there. My mind was thinking black beans but the can was kidney. LOL Pros: Fast delicious easy I can't eat enough of it. Cons: NONE Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2015
My picky eater loved it! I had to have a soup for a church covered dish luncheon and wanted something easy. After finding several options I asked my teenage kids for their preference. They picked this one. It was super easy and quick. My son who does not eat soup at all tasted it and asked me to make more to make sure there would be enough for the lunch. I made a second batch and combined the two. I offered the cilantro and sour cream on the side so everyone got what they wanted. No leftovers - always a good sign. We loved the little punch of heat from the salsa. I'll be making this again! Pros: Quick and easy Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/28/2015
Why so much water?! 1. Use vegetable or chicken broth not water. 2. DO NOT put 3 cups in! This is absolutely nuts. I doubled this recipe and used only 1 cup worth of chicken broth. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/12/2014
Tasty soup especially if you let it sit for a little bit! The day I made this soup it was kind of bland like it was missing something. The next time I ate it (3 days later) it was perfect!!! I will definitely put this into my regular lunch rotation. Pros: Cheap Easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2014
I am enjoying a bowl of this soup as I write the comment! Though has to be said I have continued to tweak the recipe since the first attempt. I don't use salsa any more instead use tomatoes and spices. The latest version has red peppers and celery in too and always add yoghurt (not sour cream ) lime and cilantro. A delicious soup even on the first making not sure why there were negative comments. Puzzled by the reference to tortilla soup.....nothing like and not meant to be! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2013
Great quick meal for vegetarians! I would use vegetable broth instead of water no sour cream and would absolutely use cilantro (so good for you!!). Pros: Easy protein vegetarian Cons: sour cream Read More
Rating: 1 stars
06/18/2013
Bland This was so bland I'm sorry. I had to add salsa way more salt chili powder cumin garlic powder black beans and it still tasted nothing like tortilla soup. A total waste. Cons: Bland pureed onions made a gross texture in the soup I had to add so much to fix it Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2013
Great healthy soup I didn't use the canola oil as onions make their own liquid. I added diced carrots and garlic as well as celery to the saute. 1 can of black beans and I didn't puree any of it. I made a cilantro and lime rice and put it over it. Don't leave the lime out in the end...it makes the soup awesome. Pros: A quick put together meal for nights you didn't think ahead. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2013
I used chicken broth Rotel tomatoes instead of salsa 1 can of refried black beans so I didn't need to puree added ground turkey and served over cilantro and lime rice. Very yummy and hearty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2013
My son liked it also Added some minced carrots when sauteing the onion. Substituted 2 cups of chicken stock for some of the water What a great soup Pros: Everyone went back for seconds easy to make Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2013
My husband asks for this soup all the time it's amazing! Lots of zip to it without a lot of work. I put it on our regular meal rotation! Cons: Simple and fast Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2013
Good basic recipe..Adding some smoked turkey ( or you can even use ' foturkey) cut into pieces is a great addition to this soup..I also added a can of drained ' Ranch beans' and that really made the flavor pop. I served w heated flour tortillas and thats dinner!! Pros: Easy ingredients so that you can ' amp up' the flavor. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/26/2012
I wouldn't change a thing I made this recipe just as is and the only thing that I might change is the use of chicken stock instead of water. I really liked this fast and easy soup. This soup is filling and could easily be served as a main dish with some hearty bread and a salad on the side. I will make this recipe again. Pros: Very filling soup Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2012
Black Bean Soup I add chopped red bell peppers large onion to oil. Saute til translucent. Add chicken broth in place of water. I use Walmarts great Value black bean and corn salsa...one jar. Also I add 2 cups or more cooked elbow macaroni to the soup. Add a Tbls. more cumin...now you have a great soup! Pros: A quick tasty soup Cons: Needs a little more Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2012
This soup was very easy to make using the canned beans. I mixed it up a little and used black & Great Northern beans. I tasted it before adding extra ingredients and thought it was already very good but I went ahead and added some garlic and Mexican Oregano because I did not have quite enough salsa. (We put garlic in almost everything.) This was delicious! We have three boys with very different tastes but everyone had seconds of this one. Can't really think of any cons even if I tried. Thanks for sharing! Pros: Easy & inexpensive to make can tailor recipe to different tastes tastes delicious Cons: None!!:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2012
I loved this soup! This soup was so good and very easy to make -- The only I added was a small can of mexican corn mix -- it added some sweetness to it -- I loved it -- looking for something easy to warm up -- This is a very tasty filling soup -- Pros: very easy to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2012
My husband loves this soup. He likes it only half-pureed so that it is still chunky. This is very quick satisfying and you can probably make it with what you have in your pantry. No hard-to-find ingredients!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2012
Very easy and delicious This recipe passed my big test-- it got a thumbs up from my three picky eaters (4 8 & 9 year olds!). Per previous reviewers I substituted chicken broth for water and added another can of beans-- great easy tasty soup! Pros: Quick easy to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2011
Yum! My husband and 9 year old twins love this soup. We eat it weekly. It is easy rather quick and tasty. Pros: easy tasty Cons: doesn't make much unless you double Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My boyfriend and I both thought this was delicious. In my weight loss efforts the hardest thing for me isn't eating healthy it's reducing the amount that I eat so this soup is great for me since it's very low in calories so I can eat until I feel full and not have overdone it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made it for lunch and my husband and I both thought it was too watery and there was some flavor lacking. However I ate it for dinner tonight and it was better now that the flavors have had a chance to develop. Still a little too watery next time I'd reduce the water to 2 cups and add more later on. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I LOVE this soup. I made it last night for dinner and my husband and I devoured it. I added a can of garbanzo beans and the entire can of salsa instead of just 1/2 a cup and used a large onion but followed the rest of the recipe. I'm eating a bowl of it right now at work for lunch... and I might just eat it again for dinner tonight! If you feel like you need meat it would be a good basis for stewed chicken (grab a rotisserie one at the market) or lean beef. But it was GREAT without meat. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I loved this and I have already made it a second time - making a double recipe I used a lot more onions because we love them leave the chili powder on the table to add as needed. It does have more flavor and seems to thicken on day 2. This is a keeper. mmurphy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this as written and it was great. It's now my go-to recipe for black bean soup. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
So good - made it last night for the first time. I left out the onions added some leftover rotisserie chicken and served it over a bed of brown rice. Even my 7 year old said "it's not terrible." Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
So good just as written! Only change i made was to add a garlic clove with the onion. My hubby who snubs his nose at anything without meat had two bowls! Will make a double batch next time because my teenage sons are looking for leftovers. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
While this soup was a bit watery when it was fresh it tasted great after a day in the fridge. Definitely don't skip the lime it adds a very nice tang. One caveat however - while we all know that beans tend to promote er flatulence this soup seems especially potent. If I'm going to a social event later in the day then I won't eat this. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This soup is so good! I only use 2 1/2 cups of water and it comes out to a good consistency. The second time I made it I added a little more salsa and threw in a chopped tomato and it was even better. I used nonfat plain yogurt as a substitute for sour cream and I couldn't even taste the difference. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Even my (picky-eater) husband loves this. I used my emulsifier to puree half the soup instead of a blender. Chopped avocado on top is great too. Love this recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The best!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is an absolute winner! I make it often and it gets a blue ribbon every time. The basic recipe is very cheerful about having little changes and additions made to suit one's mood and/or what's in the pantry. hopesprings Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This recipe is an excellent jumping off point for you to embellish if you're in the mood or it's great just as it is. Normally I add one crushed clove of garlic substitute chicken broth for the water and add salt only at the end since the broth generally has enough sodium. If I double the recipe then I stick with one tablespoon of chili powder but double everything else. At first I thought I'd want to puree all of the soup for an overall creamy texture but I found following that part of the recipe truly proves to be best (to our taste at least). It definitely thickens up overnight so don't be afraid to use all 3 cups of liquid. And as another reviewer mentioned it's best not to eat this soup the night before a big meeting if you know what I mean... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delish! This soup was a crowd-pleaser. I made a few slight changes: added 4 cloves of garlic after the onions started to soften used 4 cups of chicken broth with one cup of water used 4 cans of black beans used entire large jar of spicy salsa added frozen corn added cilantro to soup at the end of the cooking process This was a total hit. I served the soup over yellow rice and it was incredibly filling. Pros: Fast Easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Yummy! This is really good. I made the soup exactly like the recipe said. It was pretty good but I added and extra squirt of lemon juice to my individual bowl a little salt and then mixed a spoon of sour cream and it really enhanced the flavors. Pros: Easy to make fast tasty Read More