Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup

So, the holidays are over. I guess it’s time to take down decorations. And before we know it, it will be summer and 118 degrees again here! Could I be more negative and whiny? Didn’t think so. Though I did get a few days to relax over the last two weeks, I still feel like I need another vacation from the vacation, just a few more days to be totally and completely useless and lazy.

You know how I told you that my pantry is a dark hole of doom and despair? Well, I finally started trying to go through it and discovered all kinds of things. Like 10 bags and boxes of pasta (most of which are basically empty), five bags of different types of chocolate chips, three boxes of stale crackers, some expired canned stuff, and lots and lots of cans of black beans. When things get lost in the pantry of doom, I end up buying more and more of them.

Not sure about you guys, but the start of the new year has me wanting to eat clean and simple foods. This spicy black bean soup is the perfect quick soup to prepare, especially with the colder weather. Black beans, a red pepper, onion, garlic, broth and some spices and that’s all you need! Stay warm this weekend!

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 15-ounce cans unseasoned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (can adjust)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (can adjust)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • toppings: cheese, sour cream, cilantro, crushed tortilla chips, diced avocado


  1. After draining and rinsing the black beans, take a fork and roughly mash some of the black beans (do not mash them all fully).
  2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and red peppers. Saute for about 4 minutes until the onion begins to turn translucent. Add in the black beans, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and the salt and the pepper. Mix everything together until the vegetables and beans are coated in the spices. Pour in the broth. Lower the heat, cover, and let the soup simmer for 20-25 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper if necessary. Serve with your favorite toppings!

Feel free to adjust the spices and the amounts used in this recipe. You can make the soup less spicy or spicier if desired!

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Spicy Black Bean Soup



  1. MMM great soup! Adding to my todos this weekend :)

  2. I just found 3 cans of black beans I didn’t know I had and was trying to figure out what to do with them, how fortuitous! Looks incredible!

  3. OMG that pantry problem…. At one point I had 5 containers of Hershey’s special dark because I kept forgetting I had it. Also the chocolate chips, and for some reason tomato paste? I never use it and always buy it! PS: This soup is right up my alley!

  4. Love how hearty and simple this soup is!

  5. Since it is more like -118º here, your soup sounds extremely appealing!!! Happy New Year, my friend.!!!

  6. Definitely will be seeing this soup in our kitchen; went a bit overboard with libations and holiday treats. Also nice to hear that I’m not the only one with several half-full bags of kitchen obscurities :) (I have 4 packages of phyllo in the freezer?)

  7. Stephanie….I love soup so much I eat it all year round…even if it’s 118 degrees! This black bean soup looks awesome! I need to clean out my pantry, too. But I can tell you as sure as I’m typing here….I have plenty of cans of black beans. I’m really looking forward to making this! Hope you have a wonderful new year….lots of good health and happiness!

  8. This looks like a good go to soup recipe. I love black bean soup, and will definitely being trying this recipe out.

  9. This looks so good! Perfect for right now!

  10. Don’t eeeeeevvveen get me started on the pantry binge I did yesterday. Dude, chicken broth from 2012? Hot dog buns… well, I should say — the remains of what once were hot dog buns (aka, stale green logs–eeek!) and all these random odds & ends things, like one packet of Spanish rice and a half box of wheat lasagna. Whyyyyy am I so lame?! Anyways, I unearthed quite a bit of rando stuff including some black beans — yaaaay! This soup sounds delish after that pantry mess!

  11. Soup is the only way I stay warm in the winter. The spicier the better too. This looks delish!

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