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Spicy Black Bean Soup with Ham and Garlic

User Rating 5 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


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This black bean soup recipe is nicely flavored with lots of garlic, a meaty ham bone, and spices. 

Top each serving of soup with a spoonful of sour cream and chopped green onions.


  • 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 and bay leaf.

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.

Serves 6

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User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Yummy and easy!, Member kneazle7

I love a good soup recipe and so does my husband, but he admits to always fishing out the goodies and not caring about the broth, but he found that he went after the broth just as much! I think he loved the cumin... even though I was hesitant to give this a southwest flavor (it was smelling so wonderful before it. Glad I did... it was great!

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