Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Black Bean Soup

You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients. Julia Child

Black Bean Soup


  • 4 slices smoked bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans black beans, drained but not rinsed
  • salt and black pepper taste
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Grated cheddar, for garnish
In a large pot, add the bacon and onions. Cook for approximately 5 minutes or until bacon crisps up and onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook a couple minutes longer. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, chili powder and black beans. Chop the cilantro and add a handful the last 5 minutes of cooking. Ladle the soup into a bowl, top with a spoonful of sour cream, sprinkle chopped scallions and grated cheese over top.

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