Easy Black Bean Soup

This is the easiest soup you've ever made in your life.

It might even be harder to open up a can of soup and heat it in the microwave. 

Okay, maybe not, but you get the idea. 

We've had this recipe twice in the past month. The first time I served this soup to Ryan I was laughing my head off. He was obsessed with the soup, and couldn't stop chewing to get in a word about it - let alone a sentence. It had SO much flavor - and and that's why I was laughing. With a couple cans of black beans, a can of green chili & tomatoes, a bit of cumin, and a couple glugs of milk, I thought this soup would need some serious modifications along the way. 

But it didn't. 

It tasted heavenly, creamy, and had such a lovely spice to it from the green chilis, and warmth from the cumin. Ever had bean dip from a restaurant? It tasted just like that, only thinner, and tastier. 

We devoured the soup with some grilled spinach tortilla cheese quesadillas. The next time we had this soup, we tossed in a handful of cooked orzo pasta. 

If you're in a tough bind for dinner, and need something pathetically low maintenance to serve with a sandwich on your soup/sandwich night, make this soup. You will laugh just as hard as I did. 


Easy Black Bean Soup
makes 3 servings

2 15 oz cans of black beans (don't drain)
1 10 oz can of Rotel tomatoes and green chilis 
1 T cumin
1/2 C milk
garnish: cheese, sour cream, cooked orzo pasta, green onion, cilantro, tortilla chips, quesadillas, etc. 

1. Puree black beans, tomatoes, cumin, and milk in a blender or food processor (you can even throw in a bit of cilantro here if you want from your garnishes). Pour into a medium saucepan and heat through. Add more milk to thin if desired. Top with garnishes, eat with a quesadilla or sandwich, go crazy. 


  1. Quick question.....I'm assuming you don't drain and rinse the black beans, right? It's not pretty but sounds really good. Thanks.

    1. Nope - you don't drain the black beans (which is strange, because usually you do for recipes). Some of the best soups I've had look like death - for instance, the Tomato Basil Soup at Zupas looks like well... something I'd find in a diaper. But it tastes AMAZING.

  2. Wow! I have every ingredient on hand for this recipe... That almost never happens! I can't wait to try it, it sounds yummy, and my kind of easy.

    1. Sweet!!! I LOVE it when that happens! Serve it with your favorite sandwich, or a quesadilla for that darling little man of yours (if he's anything like the Manchild, and never refuses a cheese quesadilla). I hope you enjoy it, we love this stuff!

  3. I'm trying this tonight! Thank you college-student-catered recipe. You saved my life on dinner group night.


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