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.
Smoky Black Bean Soup
From EatingWell: March/April 2011
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.
11 Reviews for Smoky Black Bean Soup
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.
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. :)
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.
'Hauntingly delicious'? Hardly. 'Flat' is more like it. I used Starbucks brewed coffee for flavor and included a piece of smoked ham bone, and still achieved nothing special, even after upping the salt quotient. Goya makes a canned black bean soup with much more punch. Also, be aware that your black beans may take two hours or more to reach doneness.