The Best Black Bean Soup Recipe

The best black bean soup recipe. Find out what makes this recipe different!

I’ve spent the last few weeks perfecting my black bean soup recipe. It was a delicious trial-and-error process.

Now, I’m well aware of the risks associated with calling any recipe “the best”, and I suppose that’s as subjective a statement as any – but I really do love this soup. Here’s why:

  • I like my food spicy, and this soup has just the right amount from the jalapeño and adobo sauce.
  • The corn adds a touch of sweetness. I used fire-roasted corn from Trader Joe’s (love this stuff!)
  • The red wine vinegar adds the perfect, if unexpected, finishing touch.

Black bean soup can be as be as easy (and cheap) as adding your favorite salsa to black beans and heating. But I think this recipe is more fun. If you prefer a smoother, creamier black bean soup, try this black bean soup with orange-jalapeño salsa. It costs just $1.57 for four servings.

Black bean soup recipe with orange jalapeno salsa

The Best Black Bean Soup Recipe

Yield: Serves 2 to 4

Prep Time:10 min

Cook Time:15 min

Total Time:25 min

For this recipe, use whatever tomato-based salsa you have on hand.


For soup:

  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 15-ounce can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup tomato salsa
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn (I used frozen fire-roasted corn)
  • 1 small tomato, chopped (use half for soup and half for garnish)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Topping ideas:

  • Sour cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Tortilla chips
  • Cilantro
  • Shredded cheese


  1. In a medium saucepan, saute onions in olive oil for about two minutes, until onions begin to soften. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Top with fresh tomatoes, sour cream, cheese or cilantro, if desired.

7 Responses to “The Best Black Bean Soup Recipe”

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    yummyfoodmadeeasy — July 31, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    I love your blog! So I have nominated it for an award. Come and have a look when you have the time.

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    liz — September 8, 2012 @ 2:27 am

    Great recipe! We just made this tonight…so full of flavor and super frugal! Thanks!

    • Haley replied: — September 8th, 2012 @ 2:45 am

      Glad you liked it! So happy it’s soup season again 🙂

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    liz | carpé season — May 17, 2014 @ 2:31 am

    Just thought you should know that this has become a total staple in our house in the last couple years. At least 2 times a month. So easy, quick, and flavorful! Love, love, love your blog!

    • Haley replied: — May 21st, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

      Thanks for telling me, Liz! I haven’t made that soup in awhile. Thanks for reminding me of it 🙂

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