I love beans, and I really love black beans. I love them in burgers, and I love this vegetarian black bean soup! Unfortunately, my family doesn’t share my love of the bean, so I don’t get to make this very often. But when I do, lookout! This recipe comes out, and the soup making begins.
Beans are easy to grow in the garden. They require little once they are started, other than weeding and watering, which makes them a great garden addition. They are full of protein and fiber with little to no fat, which makes them a perfect addition to your diet. There’s no much this amazing little bean can’t do! Try this soup and see what I mean!
Black beans are also easy to store. You can easily store them dried, or canned. If you are storing them canned, you simply need to open the jar, heat and eat! That makes for quick and easy meals, right?
This healthy black bean soup is perfect any time of year. It’s warming in the winter, and light in the summer. Adding the sweet potatoes gives it the body and a slight sweetness. One of the best parts of this simple black bean soup recipe is that you can easily double or triple it, and freeze it into meal sized portions.
Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
- 2 cups dried black beans or 2 cans, drained
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- juice of 1 lime or 1 T. bottled juice
- tortilla chips optional
- If using dried beans, soak over night, rinse and fill pot with clean water. Simmer on low for 6 hours, or until cooked through.
- Roast the sweet potatoes in a 450° oven for 20 minutes. Allow to cool, then remove skins.
- Drain beans, add the sweet potatoes, seasonings and broth.
- Using a stick blender, or hand blender, blend until smooth.
- Squeeze lime juice over the soup.
- Serve with tortilla chips on the side.
To make this soup recipe in the crockpot:
- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes.
- Add potatoes and beans to crockpot.
- Cover with vegetable broth.
- Cook on low 5-6 hours.
- Use a stick blender to blend the soup.
- Add remaining seasonings and adjust as necessary.
Have you tried black bean soup yet? Be sure to pin this for later!
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.