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Quick Black Bean Soup

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Quick Black Bean Soup
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  • Servings 4
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Ditch the slow-soaking dried legumes in place of easy refried beans in this hearty soup, with ham, vegetables, and chili seasoning.
Updated May 10, 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked ham
  • 2 (15.5-oz.) cans refried black beans with lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, if desired

Steps

  • 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    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.
  • tip 2
    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.
  • tip 3
    Omit the ham and garnish each serving with 2 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon.

Nutrition

250 Calories, 8g Total Fat, 20g Protein, 37g Total Carbohydrate, 3g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
250
Calories from Fat
70
Total Fat
8g
12%
Saturated Fat
3g
15%
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Sodium
1290mg
54%
Total Carbohydrate
37g
12%
Dietary Fiber
12g
48%
Sugars
3g
Protein
20g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
24%
24%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
24%
24%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 2 Very Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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