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Black Bean Soup

The best black bean soup I ever had was in a restaurant in the Grand Cayman Islands. I came home and endeavored to duplicate this soup by checking out a variety of recipes, ending up taking the ideas and going for it the way that seemed to make sense, adjusting flavor as needed. This soup is great as an appetizer for your Mexican fiesta or for lunch, served with sandwiches or pizza buns.

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup finely chopped ham OR
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoon chili
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 can tomatoes (28oz whole or 19 oz crushed)
  • 2 - 19 oz cans black beans
  • handful of cilantro
  1. Cook onion and ham in small amount of oil. Add garlic, then water and bouillon cube (or broth) and spices. 
  2. Roughly puree tomatoes and beans in blender and add to soup. 
  3. Bring to boil and simmer about 5 minutes. 
  4. Add chopped cilantro near the end. Serve with sour cream or cheese and tortilla chips.


  1. now this is surely my kind of a menu! And that is simply beautiful Anneliese. So much better than those silly dried soups one tucks in their lunch kit. Lovely and thanks. I like recipes that are recreated from the sensory...good job...I'll definitely try this and report back!

  2. Seriously, you take the best pictures of food. . .
    I love black bean soup and will whip this up for lunch one day. .
    It looks just wonderful.

  3. Mmmm! sounds delicious I should try it !!!!
    Thanks for sharing

  4. Black beans are not common here in Australia. So black bean soup I tried a few years ago and absolutely love it.

    I love your photo.

  5. Mmm-mm good! Your photography is beautiful as usual.

  6. Beautiful visual of this great sounding soup....

  7. I saw this perfect picture and thought, "This one must be my Mom's!!!" Looks lovely. Tastes amazing ... especially in YOUR kitchen. Wonder if I can find black beans at the market here?

  8. I'm always game to try another soup...especially with a Mexican flavour. It looks wonderful!

  9. Looks and sounds wonderful...your picture is awesome...

  10. This soup turned out delicious! It was so easy to make. Because I had some ham, but wanted the flavor of the bacon, I added both. Hubby is a meat-lover anyways! I served it with a bowl of taco chips, and small bowls of sour cream, finely chopped green onions, and finely shredded cheddar cheese for whoever wanted extra toppers! Highly recommend this soup!

  11. I love this recipe and make it all the time. It's so easy and tastes delicious!

  12. Made this for dinner last night and it was AMAZING. Thanks.

  13. Just made this tonight for supper. Amazing! My entire family loved it.

  14. Meredith McLellanMay 11, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    My favorite soup at Earls has always been the Black Bean soup and I have always wanted to find a way to make it at home. And now i have! This soup tastes just like it! It's AMAZING!! Thank you :)

  15. Has Earls been making if for a long time? I just recently had it there for the first time and thought it tastted just like mine... funny! I wondered where they got the recipe..Mine is combo of a number of recipes, tweaking the taste until I liked it.

  16. Earls head chef created a recipe similar to this back in the 1980s. They ran with this on their menu along with a newengland style clam chowder soup for about 15 years, and then discontinued both. Why they dropped them I have no idea, as these two soups were two of the best damn soups I have ever tasted in my life. I will try this recipe and see how similar it is... Thx.

  17. Fabulous! I have tried off and on over the years to make this at home (something similar to earl's). I stumbled accross you site searching for the recipie and this is hands down the closest black bean soup recipe I've made so far! My wife called from work today and asked if I had thought about dinner yet... "why, yes I have. I am making black bean soup". Lol, you could suddenly hear her co-workers in the background as she went silent. For the record, my wife does not like black bean soup, I do! Tonight, not only did she like the soup, this recipe hit the "let's make this again" list. She even put a containerful aside for her lunch tomorrow!

    Way to go Mennonite girls!

    By the way, I kept mine on low for several hours to let the flavors really blend together.

    1. Thanks for the story! I just smile! Way to impress your wife!

  18. | too stumbled across your site while looking for a black bean soup recipe. This is delicious, and I now make it very often (twice this week.. so far!).

  19. This might be a dumb question, but do you drain and rince the beans before adding them?

    1. Not a dumb question at all.. in this reicpe I just pour the whole can into the blender. If I add the black beans to a salad, I drain and rinse them.

  20. If from a can, always a good idea to rinse and drain off salt and gas-causing stuff.

    Will make this for my little ones' lunch this early morning! Thanks for the recipe.


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