Zesty, Smoky Black Bean Soup – #Recipe #HormelFamily

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A few days ago I was in a major dinner bind.  We’d just moved into our house a week and a half earlier and still didn’t have our cupboards and refrigerator well stocked.  No chicken, no beef, no veggies (save one onion) in the veggie drawer.

What to do?  I’d gotten domestic a couple days earlier and hydrated some dried black beans.  Side note: I usually just use canned beans, but was surprised how easy (and relatively quick) it was to soak and cook dried beans.  So with a refrigerator with not much in it other than black beans I went to google–the fount of all knowledge.

The first search result had my mouth watering!  Thanks so much to Dave Lieberman and the FoodNetwork.com for the inspiration for this delicious Black Bean Soup!

P.S. Almost everything I used in this recipe was shelf-stable food!

Zesty, Smoky Black Bean Soup – #Recipe #HormelFamily
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  • 10 Slices of Hormel Fully Cooked bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 Sweet Onion, chopped (approx. 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 Peloponnese (or other brand) Roasted Red Peppers, chopped
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 (14 oz.) can Chicken Broth (I used a bullion cube and added water)
  • 1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. Ketchup
  • 2 Tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 4 cans (or approx. 6 cups) Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro (optional)
  • 2 tsp. Lime juice (optional)
  • Sour Cream (garnish, optional)
  • Grated Cheddar (garnish, optional)


  • Put cut up bacon in a large pot and cook til crispy.
  • Stir in onions and cook a few minutes, until they start to turn translucent.
  • Stir in garlic and cook about one minute.
  • Add broth, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, ketchup, Worcestershire, and chili powder.
  • Stir in the beans and bring to a boil.
  • Turn down heat and simmer for 10-20 minutes (the longer you simmer the more the flavors will be released into the soup).
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • You can serve like this for a smoky, rustic taste.
  • OR
  • For a little more zest...
  • Cut stems from cilantro, rinse, and chop. Stir into the soup and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Stir in lime juice.
  • Garnish with sour cream and cheese and serve.
  • Enjoy!


Disclosure: I received promotional items to help facilitate this post. As a part of the Hormel Extended Family of bloggers I receive an entry into a yearly contest for this post.


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  1. My husband buys soup at work every day to eat with his sandwich. I bet he would LOVE this! Do you think he could handle it for a week?! ;) It looks tasty!!
  2. This looks so good and perfect for a cool fall night. I can't wait to try it!
  3. YUM!!
  4. What a great simple recipe to have on hand. Great for a bind, but worthy to make again! Thanks for sharing.
  5. oh man...I love black beans. This sounds so yummy! xo
  6. I love black beans and am always looking for new ways to cook with them.
  7. Sandy VanHoey says
    It does looks great and with fall around the corner, a great recipe to have.
  8. Ooh this sounds yummy and easy, I usually stick with traditional chicken and beef soup I'm going to try this!
  9. Trasina McGahey says
    Now THAT looks yummy! I have never tried the whole soak and cook beans but I think I will!
  10. Donna George says
    That looks delicious!
  11. It's sounds so good and it is perfect for the season. Thank you!
  12. Sylvia Ortiz says
    You are very creative! I can only cook "by recipe/measurements". Unfortunately, I didn't inherit this skill from my Mom - who can cook AND bake from scratch. :)
    • Thanks Sylvia! I'm actually NOT good at cooking by recipes. LOL I'm the kind that always accidentally leaves out an ingredient. I can't bake worth beans, recipe or no, but cooking from scratch...now that I can do.
  13. This looks wonderful! Perfect for the cooler weather too!
  14. Looks delicious. thanks for sharing
  15. looks delicious! i love bean soup!
  16. This is wonderful soup! My husband loves this. It is like chili in a way and good for you!! I have trouble soaking some beans for they still seem hard. I am glad your beans soaked and softened well. Great recipe and thanks for the great idea!
  17. luv black beans but soaking and all the time for cooking is too much for me. You can rinse the beans from the can to get rid of salt....great recipe!