Black Bean Soup

In Mexican cuisine, black beans are a culinary mainstay often served in soups and stews. Black bean soup is also popular in the Caribbean, where rum, sherry or peppered wine is added for a boozy twist. It’s an excellent starter, and a great alternative to traditional chili if you want to mix things up. For a boost of flavor, we love using summer corn, spicy sausage and grilled shrimp. Temper spicy black bean soups with fragrant cilantro crema or cool avocado salsa, and add heat with ancho chiles and jalapeños. Get all of the best recipes in our guide to black bean soup.

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Black Bean and 
Chorizo Soup 

Kathy Gunst’s cookbook Soup Swap is filled with dishes like this hearty black bean soup studded with crispy chorizo that will quickly find a place in your recipe rotation. This soup is easy to double and the perfect make-ahead: Freeze in individual portions and pull out what you need for a satisfying dinner or last-minute houseguests.  Slideshow: More Black Bean Soup Recipes

Black Bean Soup Recipes

Fresh summer produce, creamy avocado and spicy sausage make wonderful additions to simple black bean soup, and feel free to dial up the heat. Whether you're looking for an alternative to classic chili or need an easy, hearty vegetarian dinner, these fantastic soups are perfect for any time of year.

Easy Black Bean Soup

To dress up this simple soup, serve it alongside diced avocado, tomatoes, tortilla chips, and sour cream as toppings. Slideshow: More Fast Soups

Ancho Chile Black Bean Soup

If you can’t find ground ancho chile, you can use the dried peppers. Simply rehydrate one large pepper, puree, and add to the soup with the vegetable stock. Slideshow: Vegetarian Soups

Spicy Black Bean Soup with Cilantro Crema

For a healthier version of this crema, try using nonfat Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream. Slideshow: More Quick & Easy Soups

Summer Black Bean Soup with Corn and Tomatoes

This recipe works best with fresh corn and tomatoes at the height of the season. Add them in right at the end so they maintain their texture and fresh summer flavor. Slideshow: Healthy Soups

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Fast Vegan Black Bean Chili with Malbec

This chili is dead simple—it’s really just spiced black beans that are delicious served with brown rice or corn bread or even half of a roasted sweet potato.

Black Bean Soup with Crispy Tortillas

This ultrasimple soup requires little more than a couple of cans of black beans, some onion and a bit of cumin. A topping of fried tortillas (or store-bought chips) adds crunch.    More Fantastic Soups  Canned Bean Recipes