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Friday, January 7, 2011

Quick, Simple And Oh So Delicious Black Bean Soup

I've been in a bit of a cooking slump as of late. Ya, not real great when you are the other half of a food and home blog! I was on line yesterday looking for some recipe inspiration and went to Real Simple.com! It's the website I like to go to for fun ideas, in and out of the kitchen! I wasn't looking for anything fancy or challenging! Just good, wholesome recipes I could feel great about feeding to my family! I am happy to report, I found several such recipes and will be testing and modifying them to my liking to share with you! Here is the first! And Folks, it DID NOT disappoint! I tweaked the recipe slightly and had it made in under 20 minutes! My family was in Black Bean Soup heaven last night!
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups fresh pico or salsa (I get mine at harmons in the back of the produce section)
1 16-oz can refried black beans
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups chicken stock (add a little more if you want a thinner soup)
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
3-4 drops hot sauce such as cholula or tabasco (we like things with a little kick so omit this if you want less heat)

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the 1 1/2 cups fresh salsa and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the refried beans, black beans, chicken stock and spices and bring to a slight boil. Continuing to stir! Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
Divide between bowls and garnish however you would like! We used guacamole, sour cream and fresh pico! And my husband and little guy crushed tortilla chips in theirs! A winner all around for sure!

Note: I doubled the recipe and was glad to have some leftover for lunch today!;)
Modified by Kara

Images by Kara

8 comments:

Haley and Lance (but probably just Haley) said...

I had no idea refried black beans existed until 4-5 years ago. Since then I haven't bought one can of regular refried beans. I guess you could call me a refried black bean snob. I love them! And I love how good for you they are. Glad to have a new quick and easy recipe to use them in. Thanks!

Audrey Crisp said...

That looks delicious!

Kristy {Sweet Treats and More} said...

Beautiful Pics!

Briana said...

Looks delicious! Love the pictures!

martanna said...

Yup, I have to agree....
Probably some of the best photos you have ever posted. Absolutely PERFECT! Way to go miss!
You are making me REALLY hungry because this soup looks AMAZING! Definitely going to try this one!

Kar said...

Thanks you guys! You've made my day!!!
And Hales, I didn't know refried black beans existed until I went shopping for the ingredients yesterday!! Oops! But I'm with you, I will be buying them instead of the regular from now on!

Eunice said...

I got to taste this soup while at Kara's home yesterday and it was absolutely amazing. I love recipes that are simple, nutritious and delicious!! THIS IS ANOTHER WINNER.

Troy and Mindi said...

Ok Kar- just made this for a bunch of my friends that came over for lunch and it was a hit! I will definitely be making it again. Thanks!