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Easy Black Bean Soup in a bowl with cheese and cilantro as toppings

Easy Black Bean Soup

Liz Olberding @ Up North Nosh
Use canned black beans for this rich and savory Easy Black Bean Soup that will warm you from the inside out. Salty bacon and tangy fresh lime juice create a burst of flavor in every bite.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 5 people
Calories 412 kcal


  • 1 large pot


  • 1 T butter
  • 1 c onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed
  • 2.5 c chicken broth
  • 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 T tomato paste
  • 2 t Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 2 15.5 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 T salt I use course salt, if you use table salt, use less
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 T fresh lime juice
  • 6 slices bacon chopped


  • In a large pot, melt 1 T of butter over medium heat. Add 1 cup diced onions and cook until they become soft and clear.
  • Add 2 cloves of minced garlic (I like to use a garlic press to get the garlic nice and fine) Stir garlic into onions.
  • Stir in one 14.5 oz can of diced fire roasted tomatoes (including the liquid), 2.5 cups of chicken broth, 1 T tomato paste, 1 T chili powder, 2 t Worcestershire sauce, 1T sugar and 1T salt (note: I use course salt, If you are using fine table salt, you may want to add a little less).
  • Drain and rinse two 15.5 oz cans of black beans. Add beans to pot and stir.
  • Simmer on low-medium heat for 10-15 mins stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in 6 strips of cooked and chopped bacon.
  • Add the juice of half a lime (approx. 1 T) and give everything one last stir.
  • Serve in bowls with fun toppings. My favorite is a little sour cream and diced avocado.


Store leftovers in an air tight container in fridge for up to 5 days. 
This soup also freezes well. Check out my step by step instructions on how to freeze soup and chili.
Try with these fun topping ideas:
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • diced avocado
  • sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • cilantro
  • more chopped bacon
  • hot sauce


Serving: 5peopleCalories: 412kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 10gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 2801mgPotassium: 267mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1173IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Black Bean Soup
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