The Easiest Ever Spicy Black Bean Soup

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Do you ever want homemade soup, and only want to spend about the amount of time it would take to heat something in a pot to make it?  No chopping, sauteing, or real pre-prep required?  Here's your dish.  My wonderful landlords from my first apartment made this soup, and gave me the "recipe."  I lived in their basement, and often would pass through their living area/kitchen in order to enter and exit the house or to use the laundry.  They were making this one day and it looked good, so they told me how to make it.  It was one of those "teach a man to fish" moments.  Drew and I have been enjoying it ever since.  It's easy, tasty, warming, and satisfying, and yet EASY.  It's also quite cost-efficient, as are many of my recipes.

The beans are in the crock pot.  The apples are evidence of me not editing.

This time I complicated it by using black beans I made from dried beans rather than canned so that I could have a ton of black beans, but it was still easy.  You can't mess this up.  New cooks, rejoice!  I am sure this would make a great crock pot recipe, though it's so easy and quick I don't know that I've ever tried.

Serve this with tortilla chips, quesadillas, or cornbread.  This time we baked cornbread and also diced some avocado to add to the soup.  

Spicy Black Bean Soup
serves 4

2 cans or 3 cups prepared black beans
2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilis (such as Ro-Tel)
1 can (2 cups) beef broth

Open all cans and add all ingredients into a medium pot.  Heat over medium heat until warmed through.  Serve with whatever floats your boat...or in this case, tortilla chip.  

  • I am sure you could make this vegan by subbing in vegetable broth, and maybe some liquid aminos to add to a more meaty flavor.  We're not vegan so I use the beef broth.  
  • I did not drain the beans or the tomatoes.  If you decide to, you may want to add a little extra broth.  

Comments (2)

this is so very basic, but really, it's all i need in a soup--texture, flavor, and spice!

Thanks, Grace! We have loved this one for years for its flavor and simplicity

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