Smoky Black Bean Soup

March/April 2011

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This will probably be the most hauntingly delicious black bean soup you’ve ever tasted. The coffee adds a slightly toasty, woodsy background note. The optional ham hock adds smoky, salty ham flavor. Serve with a mixed green salad or a grilled cheese sandwich with pickled jalapeños. Recipe by Joyce Hendley for EatingWell.

Smoky Black Bean Soup

12 Reviews for Smoky Black Bean Soup

Smoky, yes, but very bland

I had to make some changes due to food allergies and to deal with what was seasonal and in the pantry already.

I omitted the onions but increased the garlic
I used a ham hock, but mine is fresh from the pig, not smoked or cured
I used regular sour cream
I used dried ancho chilies instead of fresh jalapeno peppers

The taste was indeed quite smoky, but lacked any sort of brightness or zing. I grow a much spicier garlic than you'll find in the grocery store, but it gets lost in the starch and long cooking. The regular fat sour cream helped add body and I also added a splash of lemon juice when plating for acidity.

Nonetheless, I had to add quite a bit of hot sauce -- and I'm not a hot sauce fan -- to want to finish the bowl.

As a base recipe for black bean soup, it's not bad, expect the seasoning to need to be reworked and ramped up for your tastes. Or consider serving with fresh tomato salsa as well as the sour cream.

Easy to make, Most ingredients already in your pantry
Bland Bean Soup

I had high hopes for this one. I wanted something made from dried beans. But this one was not the one to go with. Bland is an understatement. I don't know how much salt in the world could have saved this but then my salt intake would have skyrocketed. I didn't use the hamhock. Would that have made the difference? I don't know because it was _that_ bland. The coffee seemed to make it more bland. I healped the yogurt and it does help but I've had great black bean soup and you don't need yogurt or anything to make it taste good. It's suppose to taste good without any fixin's. This won't be on my saved recipes list.

Made from scratch
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Anonymous wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

The ham hock would make a

The ham hock would make a huge difference

Anonymous wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

I made these and they were

I made these and they were delishous

Earthy bold soup meets sweet topping delights

I highly recommend the work involved in getting this soup to your liking; follow the recipe but feel free to add or subtract according to your taste. I recommend cutting the vegetables into larger pieces or waiting to add them in until the last 30 minutes of simmering time. It sounds odd, and I almost omitted it, but putting a good scoop of Greek yogurt and eating that with the soup was a flavor blast I will always remember. This recipe is worth the work.

Excellent source of fiber, filling, rich taste, contrast flavorsof soup and greek yogurt was amazing

I found this recipe amazing with some additions. I doubled the bell pepper and the celery. I also added much more cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and a couple of dashes cayenne pepper. I ate it non-stop for almost a week without tiring from it, and am making another batch tonight. :)

Healty and filling
needs the yogurt and cilantro to make it work

I also found it "flat" or "bland" by itself, but the cilantro and the yogurt brightened it right up. I also didn't taste any hint of the coffee. I thought of adding some instant espresso to see if I could get the coffee taste there, but didn't. I did use the ham hocks. My first night I ate it with whole grain bread and found it very filling-I couldn't eat it all. The second night, my family loved it eating it up with tortilla chips. It was almost more like a dip and the chips added a fun crunch. Kids friendly.

easy to follow
the yogurt and cilantro are a MUST. It was even better the second night with tortilla chips.

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