Mexican Black Bean Soup with Sausage


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Mexican Black Bean Soup with Sausage
Photo: © James Baigrie
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, very finely chopped

  • 1 canned chipotle chile, seeded and finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • Two 15-ounce cans black beans, drained

  • 3 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth

  • 3/4 pound smoky cooked sausage, such as andouille or kielbasa, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons very finely chopped cilantro

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Sour cream and lime wedges, for serving


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic along with the chipotle, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 2 minutes. Add the black beans and chicken stock and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes. Using a potato masher, coarsely crush some of the beans.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage to the beans, along with the lime juice and cilantro; season with salt and pepper. Simmer the soup for 2 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve, passing the sour cream and lime wedges separately.

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