Smokey Black Bean Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 10
A flavor-rich black bean soup
  • 10 slices center-cut bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 (14½-ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1½ cups canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 (15½-ounce) cans black beans, drained but not rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Sour cream for garnish
  1. Chop the bacon into thin pieces and cook in a cast iron skillet until crisp.
  2. Remove bacon and place in the bottom of a soup pot with a bit of bacon grease.
  3. Add the chopped onion and garlic.
  4. Saute until soft and fragrant.
  5. Add chopped red pepper and cook until partially soft.
  6. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.
  7. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  8. Add black beans and bring to boil.
  9. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. Ladle soup into bowls.
  11. Squeeze lime juice over each bowl.
  12. Garnish with sour cream and chopped cilantro.
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