Quick Black Bean Soup

Quick Black Bean Soup

Ditch the slow-soaking dried legumes in place of easy refried beans in this hearty soup, with ham, vegetables, and chili seasoning.

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teaspoon oil
cup chopped green bell pepper
cup finely chopped onion
cup finely chopped cooked ham
(15.5-oz.) cans refried black beans with lime juice
teaspoon garlic salt
teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2
cups water
tablespoons sour cream
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, if desired
  1. Heat oil in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat until hot. Add bell pepper and onion; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except sour cream and cilantro; mix well. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Top individual servings with a dollop of sour cream. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Makes 4 (1 1/2-cup) servings
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Recipe Fact
Black beans are often used for soup, but they're usually soaked overnight and simmered all day with a ham hock. This recipe, prepared with refried black beans, dramatically cuts your prep and cooking time.
Ingredient Substitution
If you can't find cans of refried black beans, either plain or seasoned with lime juice, drain and rinse 2 cans of black beans then mash them with a potato masher. Season the mashed beans with 1 teaspoon of lime juice.
Recipe Variation
Omit the ham and garnish each serving with 2 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 1/2 Cups)
  • Calories 250
    • (Calories from Fat 70),
  • Total Fat 8g
    • (Saturated Fat 3g,),
  • Cholesterol 40mg;
  • Sodium 1290mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 37g
    • (Dietary Fiber 12g,
    • Sugars 3g),
  • Protein 20g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 1/2 Starch;
    • 2 Very Lean Meat;
    • 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.