Quick and easy black bean soup

I was feeling pretty blah today. Not up to doing some real cooking, but I was hungry for something hot and filling.

I keep cans of food for emergencies (unexpected guests, power outages, etc.), or for days like today when I just want to eat something without a lot of bother.

I pulled out a can of black beans and a can of Ro-Tel diced tomatoes and green chilies (plain diced tomatoes work just as well), and thought I’d make some soup.

Black bean soup


Black bean soup

2 can black beans

1 can Ro-Tel  diced tomatoes and green chilies

2 small cloves garlic, minced

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

Juice of 1/2 lime

Cilantro and avocado slices for garnish

In a medium sauce pan, saute onion in olive oil for a few minutes, then add garlic. Saute for a few minutes longer. Add beans and Ro-Tell, bring to a boil, then turn down heat to allow beans to simmer. You can add a little water or vegetable if you like to thin it out some, but I like mine hearty, so I don’t. Stir in cumin, chili powder, coriander, salt and pepper and chopped cilantro. Let simmer about five minutes. Add lime juice. Garnish with cilantro and avocado slices.



2 thoughts on “Quick and easy black bean soup

  1. I picked the first mess of Derby and Maxibel green beans today–right on schedule about 50 days after planting the seed. Derby is producing more heavily as expected. First tomatoes were picked–Sweet Chelsea and Sun Gold. The slicers still have a way to go. Also, the Contessa white onions are ready. Onions are ready when the stem collapses and falls over. These are great, sweet onions and are easy to grow. Just order the plants from Dixondale (see links) in November. I picked up some shallots at Walbash’s while there for something else. Probably not the best time to plant them, but we will see. Also picked 2 quarts of wild dewberries last Thursday–dewberry cobbler for dessert today–yum! You do not have to go far to find dewberries. Watch for the plants blooming around March 1 and make a note of where they are. I found these on the esplanade of a busy street a few blocks from the medical center. The only hard part was crossing to the median without getting run over. Normally, you have to be careful of copperheads when picking berries, but I doubt any copperhead could have made it there without being run over. Nevertheless, my old instincts kept me on the lookout. Roadside ditches typically are full of dewberries. Most people these days are too lazy to pick them so competition is light. My Kiowa blackberries are blooming and have some green berries. It will be a few weeks before they produce.

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