Spicy Black Bean Soup

This easy 10-ingredient black bean soup recipe is one of our mainstays on cold nights. Warm & creamy, it's perfect with a sprinkle of fresh toppings.

Spicy black bean soup recipe

What I love about Super Bowl week (and it’s not the game, of course – who’s even playing? and that’s football right?)… What I love is the amount of Mexican-ish comfort food that’s all over the internet. I haven’t been into a game since the Super Bowl shuffle, but suddenly I find myself craving spicy, chile-flavored foods with tons of avocado.

This year, I’m sharing this easy vegan black bean soup recipe that I love to top with dried chile salsa and dollops of a creamy, tangy vegan sun cheese in place of traditional sour cream (recipe below).

Vegan black bean soup recipe ingredients

How to Make This Black Bean Soup Recipe

The soup part of this recipe is quick and easy… another good one for a cold weeknight. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Sauté shallot, garlic, and jalapeño in a little oil until softened.
  2. Stir in some chili powder, and then add black beans and stock.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.
  4. Blend and season to taste! I always finish mine with a good squeeze of lime.
  5. Enjoy!

Blend up the sun cheese and salsa if you like, but definitely feel free to simplify the toppings… add a little avocado and some good store-bought salsa and call it a night. I like to serve this soup with a side of hot cornbread.

If you love this black bean soup recipe…

Try making chili, tortilla soup, or butternut squash soup next!

The chile sauce and sun cheese recipes make more than you’ll need for this soup – both can be made well in advance.

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This vegan black bean soup recipe is a great choice for a winter weeknight. Thick, creamy, and nourishing, it'll warm you up in no time.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small shallots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • ½-1 jalapeño, de-seeded and chopped
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 cups black beans, cooked, drained (reserve a few for garnish)
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • up to ½ cup water, if necessary for blending consistency
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Optional: a few pinches of cayenne and/or smoked paprika
  • Serve with (all optional): diced red onion, jalapeño slices, avocado, cilantro, tortillas, sun cheese, salsa, or dried chile salsa
Sun cheese topping: (optional)
  • 1¼ cup hulled sunflower seeds, soaked at least 4 hours
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons umeboshi vinegar*
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup water (more as needed)
Instructions
  1. Heat a splash of oil in a medium-large pot over medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic, jalapeño, and a few pinches of salt, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chili powder, stir, then add the black beans and stock. Simmer on low heat for 20 or so minutes.
  3. Blend the soup, adding water or more stock if it's too thick.
  4. Add a good squeeze of lime, blend again, then taste. Add more salt & spices to your liking. Keep it smooth, or add a few more black beans for texture. Serve with the suggested fixings, or whatever you like!
  5. For the sun cheese: Blend all ingredients together. Add more water if necessary to thin. Taste and adjust. Serve on the side, and store the remainder in the fridge.
Notes
*You can sub white wine vinegar (+ a few good pinches of salt), for the umeboshi vinegar - however the ume vinegar brings a nice “umami” flavor that other vinegars don’t. (Find it at whole foods in the asian section or buy it online).

Look for sunflower seeds in the bulk bins that are already hulled. If you can only find skin-on seeds, don't worry about peeling them (it's tedious). It’s creamier with hulled seeds, but will taste fine nonetheless.

 

Sun cheese recipe adapted from the Casa De Luz Cookbook.

 

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    • jeanine
      01.28.2014

      Thanks Katrina 🙂

  1. I’ve actually never tried black bean soup but I loooove black beans! This looks delicious. I’ll definitely give it a try 🙂

    • jeanine
      01.28.2014

      Let me know if you give it a try – hope you like!

  2. Abby from thehappyfooddance.wordpress.com
    01.27.2014

    I love how you set up your food photos! Makes even something so simple look unmissable.

    • jeanine
      01.28.2014

      thanks Abby! It was a trick to get black bean soup to not look ugly (it is grey soup afterall!)

  3. gourmet goddess
    01.28.2014

    HI, can you please give me an alternative to the umeboshi vinegar ? rice wine vinegar maybe ?.

    thanks
    gg

    • jeanine
      01.28.2014

      I don’t have a perfect substitution (next time I make it I will test one!) – the umeboshi vinegar is tangy but also very salty – so I would try rice vinegar + more salt, to taste.

      • gourmet goddess
        01.28.2014

        thanks, will give it a try …

  4. Oh wow! I never heard of sun cheese before! I am soooooo going to use that to thicken soups from now on instead of flour or potatoes! And that dried chile salsa looks phenomenal and suuuper easy!

    • jeanine
      01.29.2014

      thanks Stefanie! Sun cheese is one of my favorite sauces to put in (just about) anything… let me know if you give it a try!

  5. Oooh, I definitely want to give this a go — I love your use of the sun cheese and dried chile salsa too!

    • jeanine
      01.29.2014

      thanks Aida! xo

  6. cheri from mysavoryspoon.blogspot.com
    01.28.2014

    This is perfect for super bowl Sunday!

  7. Ale from piloncilloyvainilla.com
    01.28.2014

    Love your version of black bean soup! I´m Mexican and would definitely give it a try!

    • jeanine
      01.29.2014

      thanks! so glad to hear!

  8. I love your twist on the homemade vegan cream. Cashew cream is my usual go-to but using sunflowers sounds like a wonderful alternative!

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