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Black Bean Soup

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Black bean soup recipe is made with dried black beans, garlic, onions, celery, ham bone, red bell pepper, and seasonings, including cumin, cayenne, lemon juice, and others.


  • 1 pound black beans, soaked overnight
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup chopped onions
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 6 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ham bone with some meat
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 sweet red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry or white wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions


Drain soaked beans. In stock pot or large kettle, heat olive oil; sauté garlic, onions, and celery until tender. Add chicken broth, ham bone, the black beans and bay leaf; simmer for 1 hour. Add red bell pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, brown sugar, lemon juice, and sherry. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove ham bone. Puree about 1/4 to 1/3 of the soup then mix it back into the pot. If desired, cut up ham from bone and add to soup. Add chopped parsley. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkling of chopped green onions.

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