Friday, November 13, 2020

My Easiest Black Bean Soup Recipe

black bean soup

I enjoy soup all year round but when the weather starts to get cooler, I start to crave heartier soups made with beans. 
This hearty black bean soup is thick, delicious, and satisfying and one of the easiest soups I make. 

Love This Trick
I use a simple trick to eliminate  cut down the prep. I use a jar of chunky organic salsa to replace many of the vegetables.

Think about it. Chunky salsa is made with onions, peppers, tomatoes, etc. The very ingredients that I usually prep this type of soup recipe. So, instead of cleaning, cutting, and chopping, I simply open a jar of organic chunky salsa and use the salsa with all it's chunky vegetables in my soup. 

I appreciate that it is organic, because sometimes it's difficult to find organic onions, peppers, etc. I prefer using organic when available. 

All the Prep Ingredients in One Jar
Surprisingly, chunky salsa has all the ingredients to make this delicious 3 ingredient soup. I am not specifically promoting Aldi's (in fact, the salsa flies off the shelves, and I sometimes can't even get the mild salsa) but it is the best and most economical one that I've found. It's $1.89 as of this post in 2020 (update 2023 - it has gone up in price to $2.19) As I mentioned, it's organic. It comes in mild, medium, or hot- so you can have it your way- and it is packed in glass, not a can. It meets all my criteria for a healthy safe product. 

Make it in the Instant Pot 
It doesn't get easier than opening the jar, pouring it into the Instant Pot, adding soaked and drained beans, vegetable broth and water. Since my uncooked beans were soaked overnight, I set the Instant Pot timer for 25 minutes. 

If I don't pre-soak the beans (which I usually do because I think it helps digestibility), I would set the Instant Pot timer for 40 minutes. 

When the soup is done, I remove the lid an partially blend using an immersion blender. This hearty, thick, easy soup is a favorite.

Sweet Potato Salsa Soup
I make another soup using salsa too- try my spicy sweet potato soup.

Do You Plan a Menu for the Week? 
I don't usually create a menu plan for the week, do you?  but I thought if I did, I would make this soup every other Monday in the cooler weather. Since I keep my own individual sized bags of cooked rice in the freezer (link to see how I freeze cooked rice), I have the convenience of adding some rice to my husband's bowl which he loves. 

1 pound of dry black beans, washed, soaked overnight, and drained.
1 jar of organic chunky salsa (mild, medium, or hot) 
3 cups of vegetable broth
3 cups of water 
Optional: cumin, salt, cracked pepper, squirt of lime or lemon juice,  fresh garlic
Toppings: chunks of avocado or cooked white rice

Add everything to the Instant Pot. Secure lid, close steam valve, and set to pressure cook for 25 minutes. When done, allow to sit for 15 or more minutes and then release steam manually according to the manufacturer's directions. When all steam is released, remove lid and blend with an immersion blender to desired consistency.

Notes: I you don't have time or forgot to soak the beans overnight, simply pressure cook for 40 minutes.

Sharing on Souper Sunday at  Kahakai Kitchen where anyone can share a soup, sammie, or salad recipe.

Looking for more healthy recipes?  
My blogging friend Nancy Andes at her inspiring blog, Colors 4 Health, has published a Holiday Guilt-Free Recipe Guide which you can view with the link. Nancy says, " This post features guilt-free vegan holiday recipes to savor and tips to make meals healthier, budget friendly, taste-tempting, and joyful." 

Nancy has included a recipe for my delicious and easy vegan stuffed peppers in her  Holiday Guilt-Free Recipe Guide for holiday eating.


  1. It looks thick, creamy and must have tasted wonderfully delicious!

  2. Yes, Salsa is remarkably flexible as an ingredient! Trader Joe's has some good salsas with corn and beans in them, which I add to ready-made tomato soup for a totally instant dish. Unfortunately for the moment, TJ's isn't delivering and I'm not going in there -- too crowded!

    be well... mae at

  3. That salsa trick is great for those nights when I'm feeling overwhelmed. I always have dried beans and salsa in the house. Thanks!

  4. Salsa is the best on hand ingredient! I love it for soups or just adding it to dressings or yogurt for a sauce. You have me craving black bean soup now! ;-)

  5. Love that salsa trick, I will have to get some for my pantry.
    I don't make a plan for the week, but I do think about what I have and what needs to be used up in the fridge. I ask John every morning "what do you want for dinner" and the answer always is "I don't know". So I'm not asking anymore!!!

  6. That is very simple. My dad used to use a lot of salsa in his cooking, too. It does makes things easier.

  7. What a great idea!....easy and tasty!......Abrazotes, Marcela

  8. I love that idea, thanks! I thing having canned organic black beans and the organic salsa in the cupboard guarantee a quick soup every time. Some days after work, I am too tired to cook...

  9. Great idea using a jar of prepared ingredients.

  10. Easy-peasy is what I like. Your recipe for black bean soup is a delight. Visiting at Weekend Cooking. Have a good week. By the way, I featured a link to your recipe for stuffed tomatoes or peppers in my latest post. Warm regards, Nan

  11. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week too!
    When you get a minute can you add the mention/link on this post?
    Thank you!

  12. this sounds like a very sensible way to make a quick and easy soup. Delicious too.

  13. I love all of your fabulous shortcuts... and all without sacrificing flavor. Perfect!!

  14. I love such easy recipes that uses only few ingredients. I must try it tonight as we are on soup diet these days. Thanks you for the recipe.


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