This super easy, Mexican-inspired soup is delicious and can be made with basic pantry ingredients. To make more of a meal, I served the soup with a green salad and quesadillas stuffed with green chiles, cheese and corn…Olé!
I substituted a teaspoon or so of chopped chipotle chile with some adobo sauce for the chopped jalapeno, which added a nice smoky flavor to the soup. Look for canned chipotle chiles (chipotle en adobo) in the Mexican foods section of your grocery store, or follow the recipe and use chopped jalapeno chiles. Either way, you’ll have a great soup!
Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper, and garnish with feta cheese and chopped cilantro. Enjoy!
Black Bean Soup with Cumin and Jalapeño
-recipe from Bon Appétit Magazine
Yield: Makes 4 servings
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 to 2 teaspoons chopped jalapeño chile with seeds, divided
2 15- to 16-ounce cans black beans, undrained
1 15-ounce can petite diced tomatoes in juice
1 1/2 cups low-salt chicken broth
Chopped fresh cilantro
Chopped green onions
Crumbled feta cheese
Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, and garlic; sauté until vegetables begin to soften, about 6 minutes. Mix in cumin and 1 teaspoon jalapeño. Add beans, tomatoes with juice, and broth; bring soup to boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook until carrots are tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer 3 cups of soup to blender and puree until smooth. Return puree to pot. Simmer soup until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon jalapeño, if desired.
Ladle soup into bowls. Pass cilantro, green onions, and feta cheese separately.