Easy Black Bean Soup

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Weekdays can be busy. After a long day at work, school or running errands, we know the last thing on your mind is what’s for dinner! We’ve got you covered. This easy black bean soup recipe is about to become one of your go-tos. It’s packed with delicious ingredients like black beans (of course), roasted tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, green chilies, and a handful of spices. It’s all done in less than 20 minutes, which means you can use all that extra time to relax at home with your loved ones. You can also make it in your slow cooker (perfect for all you always-on-the-go cooks) or even your Instant Pot. It’s vegetarian, hearty, and delicious!

bean options:

You can easily use canned black beans in this recipe! That said, you can choose to use dried beans if you prefer. You have to let them soak in water overnight and cook them in boiling water until softened before adding them to the soup. It’s an extra step, but totally worth it if you have some extra time on your hands!

Top notch ideas:

We like to top black bean soup from scratch:

  • crumbly cheese, such as Cotija
  • Mexican crema or sour cream
  • avocado slices
  • lime juice
  • Tortilla chips or tortilla strips
  • fresh cilantro

Plant-based options:

If you use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock in this recipe, it’s naturally vegetarian! If you’re vegan and don’t eat any animal products, just omit the cheese garnish. You can replace it with a plant-based cheese substitute, or you can leave it out and just use avocado, cornflakes, and cilantro.

Spice Level Adjustment:

If you’re cooking for a toddler who doesn’t like spicy food, or if you don’t like spicy food yourself, you can make a few tweaks to our recipe. The green chilies are moderately spicy, so you can substitute some extra green chiles for them. You can also skip the added hot sauce.

Immersion Blender Options:

You need to blend black bean soup from scratch to get the perfect texture. You can use a handheld immersion blender for this – but make sure you don’t completely mix as you want the end result to be a little chunky. You can also use a standard blender. Only mix half the soup for best results!

Troubleshooting: How to Thicken Black Bean Soup?

One of the biggest reasons to mix this soup according to the directions above is to give it a thick and hearty texture. If after mixing, you are still not satisfied with the consistency, you can add the cornstarch slurry. To make a cornstarch slurry, you’ll mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water, then stir the slurry mixture into your soup.

Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker or instant pot?

Absolutely! Whether you’re a set-it-and-forget-it cook, or you’re obsessed with your Instant Pot, you can make this dish in your slow cooker or your IP. We’ve included instructions for both methods below. When you use a slow cooker, you have to let the soup cook longer, but all you have to do is load all the ingredients and set the temperature and cooking time. If you use the Instant Pot, your soup will be ready in 15 minutes.

service suggestion

Our easy black bean soup recipe can stand alone as a great weeknight meal. If you want to boost your meal size a bit, consider pairing it with: