Black Bean Soup

This black bean soup recipe is easy to make with pantry ingredients like canned black beans and spices. It's a healthy, delicious vegetarian meal.

black bean soup recipe

This black bean soup recipe is easy and delicious. It calls for pantry ingredients like canned black beans and spices, and the cooking process is largely hands-off. The stove does most of the work for you!

Even though it’s simple, this black bean soup has a bold, spicy flavor and creamy texture. The secret ingredient? Bean juice!

See, when I cook with canned beans, I almost always start by draining and rinsing them. But in this black bean soup recipe, I use the liquid in the can as well as the beans themselves. This liquid, coupled with the fact that I puree half the soup after it simmers, makes the soup amazingly creamy without any cream. This healthy soup is totally vegan and vegetarian, but from its rich taste and texture, you’d never know.

Black bean soup recipe ingredients

How to Make Black Bean Soup

This black bean soup recipe is easy to make! To start, you’ll need these ingredients:

Ingredients

  • Black beans, of course! You’ll need 2 cans of black beans for this recipe, and you’ll use the liquid in the cans as well as the beans themselves.
  • Onion, garlic, carrot, and celery – These aromatic veggies add savory depth of flavor.
  • Canned chipotle peppers and adobo sauce – They give this black bean soup a spicy kick. Tip: I call for 2 chipotle peppers in this recipe. If you’re sensitive to spice, start with 1 and add more to taste!
  • Chili powder, cumin, and coriander – For smoky, earthy flavor.
  • Vegetable broth – Use store-bought, or make homemade vegetable stock.
  • Olive oil – For richness.
  • Fresh lime juice – It makes the soup bright and balanced.
  • And salt and pepper – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Process

You can find the complete recipe with measurements at the bottom of this post, but for now, here’s an overview of how it goes:

  • First, sauté the aromatics. Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat and add the onion, carrot, and celery. Cook them until soft. This will take longer than you think, typically 10 to 15 minutes!
  • Stir in the spices and garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Then, add the black beans and their liquid, the broth, chipotles, and adobo sauce.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes. No need to cover the pot! Cooking the soup uncovered gives it a delicious thick texture. Allow it to cool slightly after simmering.
  • Next, blend half the soup. Use an immersion blender to puree it in the pot, or transfer half to an upright blender and blend until smooth. Stir the blended soup back into the pot.
  • Season to taste with the lime juice and more salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

Bowl of easy black bean soup

Easy Black Bean Soup Serving Suggestions

This black bean soup is tasty no matter what, but I like it best with flavorful garnishes on top! Pile your bowl with fixings like these:

Enjoy the soup on its own, or pair it with tortilla chips, jalapeño cornbread, or a grilled cheese sandwich for a heartier meal. It would also be fantastic with any of these vegetable side dishes:

How to Store

This easy black bean soup recipe keeps well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can you freeze black bean soup?

Yes! This black bean soup freezes well for up to 3 months. Allow it to cool to room temperature before transferring it to airtight containers or jars. Make sure to leave at least an inch at the top for the soup to expand in the freezer.

black bean soup

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Black Bean Soup

rate this recipe:
4.89 from 43 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Serves 4
This easy black bean soup recipe is healthy, flavorful, and delicious! If you have any leftovers, store them in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, including the liquid in the cans
  • 2 chipotle peppers from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce, chopped, plus 2 tablespoons sauce*
  • cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, plus wedges for serving
  • Optional toppings: avocado, cilantro, sour cream, or vegan sour cream, pickled onions, serrano peppers, pepitas

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot, salt, and several grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic, cumin, coriander, and chili powder and stir for 30 seconds. Stir in the beans and their liquid, chipotles, adobo sauce, and broth. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly, then transfer half of the soup to a blender. Puree until smooth, then add it back to the pot with the remaining soup and stir. Alternatively, use an immersion blender to puree half the soup in the pot. Stir in the lime juice.
  • Season to taste and serve with lime wedges and desired toppings.

Notes

*If you're sensitive to spice, feel free to scale back to one chipotle pepper.

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  1. William
    02.23.2024

    1 star
    I was not looking for a recipe made from canned black beans. Sorry to waste both of our time.

  2. Tammy
    01.04.2024

    5 stars
    This is one of my all-time favorites and SO easy with canned beans. Going to cook up a big batch this weekend for a charity event so that the soup can be shared with people experiencing food insecurity in my community. Every black bean lover should try this recipe!

  3. Vicki Oedy
    01.01.2024

    5 stars
    Excellent!
    Spices already in my cabinet and easy.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.01.2024

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

    • Ellie Uki
      01.07.2024

      5 stars
      Fantastic and healthy recipe that everyone enjoyed (including my four year old). I added some squash to it for extra veggie power.

      • Jeanine Donofrio
        01.09.2024

        I’m so glad everyone loved it!

  4. Ketchup is a spice
    12.21.2023

    5 stars
    Easy and delicious. My first foray into bean soups. A bit hot for me, but then perfect heat/flavor with shredded cheddar and/or sour cream.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.22.2023

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Zoe
    12.03.2023

    5 stars
    I love the soup – it’s my go to winter recipe when I’m feeling lazy but want something tasty and hearty. I love how easy it is! Minimum effort, maximum results!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.05.2023

      I’m so glad you’ve loved it!

  6. This came out really good. However, 2 tablespoons of the adobo sauce is a bit much for my taste. I would reduce the amount and keep tasting it until you find you’re right blend. I didn’t even use 2 full tablespoons and it was still too much, for me at least. If you you love adobo sauce flavor, go full throttle…. I just wish I used alittle less. Not the heat but it’s the flavor that is to intense for me. Was going to add jalapeño and pretty glad i didnt. I had to mild it out with extra stock. About to add my immersion blender then chow down.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      12.01.2023

      Hi, I’m glad you enjoyed the soup!

  7. Marysa
    07.19.2023

    I’ve never made a black bean soup before. This sounds flavorful and I like that there is a spicy kick to it as well. I love avocado and that makes for a perfect topping.

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