Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spicy Mexican Black Bean Soup

This is my current favourite to soup to make. Simple and absolutely delicious as can be. Just throw everything in the slow cooker, walk away and get on with your day. I've tried many different online black bean soup recipes but they never turned out quite right. I was always craving the kind of black bean soup that one would find in a tiny little hole in the wall restaurant on some dusty street in Mexico. So after after many disappointing attempts and sad meals of bland and lumpy black bean soups I have finally come up with my own recipe which I feel hits the mark. Since I don't follow a recipe the amounts that I've listed below are somewhat approximate and so feel free to add a little more or a little less of each ingredient. You could also throw in different types of dried peppers if you have them. Enjoy.

Mexican black bean soup

2-3 cups dried black beans
1 onion, quartered
1 jalapeño, deseeded and roughly chopped
4-5 garlic cloves
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp pureed chipotle peppers
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp mexican oregano (use regular oregano if you don't have mexican)
chicken stock (probably 5-6 cups at least)
1 lime

Garnish (optional)

tortilla chips
feta cheese

Other garnish ideas

roasted pumpkin seeds
plain greek yoghurt
sliced green onion
a spoonful of salsa

Rinse the dried black beans and throw into the slow cooker with the onion, jalapeño (deseeded), garlic, cumin, chipotle and chili powder. Don't worry too much about chopping things nicely since it will all be pureed in the end anyways. I usually throw my garlic in whole and quarter the onion. Fill the slow cooker so all the ingredients are well covered with chicken stock. You may need to add more water or chicken stock later since the black beans will absorb a tonne of liquid. After cooking for 6-7 hours check to ensure beans are cooked all the way through.  Puree in a blender.  At this point you may need to add a little more chicken stock or water so that it is a nice soup-like consistency. Also, taste it and perhaps and adjust the seasoning if needed. Before serving squeeze a  slice of lime into each bowl, this part is ESSENTIAL even though it may not seem important. Sometimes I like to squeeze two slices of lime even! Sprinkle with feta and avocado if you have it and serve with tortilla chips.


  1. Nice one- this sounds fantastic! I am inheriting a crock pot in the next couple weeks, so I will have to give it a go:)

  2. Oh perfect! I love my slow cooker, we use it all the time. Let me know if you come up with any other cock pot recipes worth trying:)

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