Having moved into my new house a week ago today, this soup is the first edible thing besides Red’s Chinese to hit my kitchen counter.
Truth is, most of my kitchen is still packed up in boxes and stacked in the guest room. Two things: I have so much SO MUCH kitchen stuff and I (who formally has lived in 600 st ft apartments) have a guest room! Kitchen things and guest room things do not belong together so I’ve got to get it sorted somehow.
I need a pantry system before I commit to opening another box. I need Tracy to come help me know what goes where (See: Shuterbean’s Pantry Organization). I need NEED to find at least one of my three wine openers. Good grief!
Soups on. Every new home needs three things: a pot of soup, a loaf of banana bread, and the dang wine opener. Soup first.
A friend ordered a smoky tequila cocktail on Sunday, and instantly this smoky soup popped in my brain. I dug out my soup pot, somehow found my salt dish, and got a few new savory ingredients to play with: Smoky Chipotle Paste and Liquid Smoke!
Here’s what we’re working with:
- Soaked black beans (Dried beans are the way to go! Just soak them overnight)
- Lots of fresh garlic, onions, bell pepper, and celery.
- Jalapeno for spice
- Chipotle paste, cumin, and liquid smoke for loads of flavor.
- Chicken stock. Coffee, too (in my morning mug and also in the soup).
Black beans can take a lot of flavor Don’t be scared.
Sautéed vegetables and slightly softened beans. I added chicken stock and a cup of coffee for intrigue and depth. Feel free to use vegetable stock and skip the coffee if you’re vegetarian or suspicious.
The soup is simmered until the beans are good and soft, just over an hour. Liquid smoke is added and the soup is blended until as smooth as possible. I added more water and chicken stock as I blended the soup just to create a more soupy soup.
Toppings are key:
- White rice
- Guacamole, definitely do it.
- Fresh fried tortillas
- Fried plantains for sweetness
It’s a fine first lunch with a cold Goose Island Beer and a counter seat among the boxes.
For other soup endeavors, see: Spicy Vegetarian Tortilla Soup.
I’ll let you know when the pantry is organized and the wine opener is located. Please send an adult, that will certainly expedite things.Print
Smoky Black Bean Soup
- Prep Time: 1440
- Total Time: 24 hours
- 1 pound dried black beans (soaked overnight)
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 small onion, diced (about 1 cup)
- 3 celery stalks, diced
- 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and diced (about a heaping 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 seeded and diced jalapeno
- 2 or 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tablespoons chipotle paste
- 3 teaspoons ground cumin
- 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup black coffee
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper to taste
- a few dashes of liquid smoke, to taste
- more hot water or stock to thin the soup
- cooked white rice
- fried tortillas
- pan-fried plantains
- sour cream
- Rinse beans and pick through, using your super vision to pick out any pebbles or stones. Place beans in a large bowl or pot and cover with water 2-inches above the beans. Cover and allow to rest overnight (or for at least 6 hours). After soaking, drain in the beans and rinse in a colander.
- To make the soup, in a large stock pot heat oil over medium heat. Add the onions, bell pepper, and celery and saute until softened and just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapeno and saute for 3 minutes more.
- Add the chipotle paste and cumin. Stir until thoroughly combined.
- Add the soaked and drained beans. Add the chicken broth, coffee, and bay leaf. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until the beans are very well softened, about 1 hour. Remove from heat.
- Use a hand blender to blend the soup to smooth. Add more hot water or stock as necessary to thin the soup. If you don’t have a hand blender, blend the soup in batches in a stand blender, being careful not to fill it too full. Add more water or stock to thin if necessary.
- Season with salt and pepper. Stir in liquid smoke to taste. Serve warm with all sorts of toppings.
- Serving Size: 6
Which type of Liquid Smoke are you using? Hickory or Mesquite? Thanks!
Joy the Baker - Founder
I used Hickory!
Oh Joy, such sad times. I made this soup yesterday. I was so drawn to it, I even bought liquid smoke off the internet especially. It made the kitchen smell SO GOOD when it was cooking, but when it was blended it was insanely spicy. Like, completely burn your mouth, eyes crying inedible. Just did a quick reread of the recipe and I think I saw where I went off course – I used part of a jar of sliced jalapenos (as you can’t get them fresh in the UK) and I missed the bit about de-seeding them. Serious error!! I’m afraid to say that to save face with my husband I blamed the recipe – our secret ok?
Oh I’m so sorry Jenni! Yes… most of the spice in a jalapeno is hidden in the seeds so if you left the seeds, and then blended them… you probably had a super spicy soup! Plus the chipotle has some spice too. Could you reserve part of the soup and make a new batch? Beans are pretty inexpensive. Also… you can blame me. I don’t mind.
Thanks Joy, you’re very kind. I am also finding it extremely weird to interact with you after a long time just lurking. People on the internet are also people, strange hey! In the end we just put a lot (a lot a lot) of sour cream and crème fraiche in the soup to save it from the bin, and it was yummy. Will definitely be making it again without the jalapeno seeds!
Oh, I’ve been looking for a new black bean soup recipe to try, and this one sounds perfect! Definitely gonna add the coffee.
And you’re drinking one of my all-time favorite beers. Sofie and Matilda from Goose Island are top hits on the nostalgia and taste charts for me.
Sounds amazing, Joy! Congrats on the new home!
Coming to Nola in May. Didn’t you have a list of not to be missed restaurants?
I have a similar recipe for a favorite black bean soup, but we include coconut milk. It balances the chipotle so beautifully!
Considering The Radish
I’m not a coffee drinker, but I’d definitely add it to this soup. Yum. I’m sorry about the lack of wine keys. I’ve taken to putting one in my purse when moving. But Goose Island, though not the same, still sounds like a worthy companion.
Yay on the new house! Congrats!
If you did half and half black & white beans would it turn out more gray? Was thinking of beauty and the beast song line “try the gray stuff, it’s delicious!”
It doesn’t look so appealing for the eyes though it might be filled with goodies. Need to do a lot of convincing for my kids to consume it. :-P
I could eat a good black bean soup every day! You’re right – toppings are totally key!!