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Mmmm….Black Bean Soup!

2011 April 19
by Dylan

Yes, I know, I’m absolutely awful at taking pictures. I can promise that the dish is far, far better than it looks. Who knows, one day maybe I’ll even get a camera that makes pictures not look like crap!

Anyways, this recipe is one of my favorite soups to make…ever. Black beans are incredibly healthy, full of fiber, and will ensure a good bowel movement for you later on (couldn’t help myself). My mom started making this years ago, and it’s always been my go-to soup when I want something really healthy and easy to make. The combination of orange juice, lime, garlic, pepper and cilantro make it totally packed with flavor and gives it a taste that simply can’t be beat! Oh, and by the way–it’s vegan-friendly. How can you possibly go wrong?

Citrus Black Bean Soup

  • 3    15 oz. cans black beans, drained pretty well
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • lime juice squeezed from 2 limes
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1/2 cup orange juice


  1. Drain canned black beans and put them into saucepan with the pepper and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer covered for about 45 minutes. You may add a little more broth if it all evaporates or gets absorbed, or if not and it looks too liquidy, then uncover.
  2. While beans are cooking, heat olive oil over medium heat in skillet and add garlic and shallots. Stir until translucent and garlic is lightly browned, then add carrots and cumin. Stir and continue cooking about 5 more minutes, adding a little liquid from the beans if needed. Add this mixture to the beans and continue cooking, as stated above
  3. Cool mixture slighty, and puree about 2/3 of the mixture in a food  processor, blender or immersion blender. Add the cilantro and lime juice and process until flavors are mixed thoroughly. Add the black pepper and red pepper flakes and process again.
  4. Return mixture to the pot and add orange juice. Heat soup through and serve.
  5. You may add a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream on top (great if you’re not a vegan!)

One Response leave one →
  1. Cobra Force permalink
    July 13, 2011

    looks delicious!

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