February 09, 2015

slow cooker chipotle black bean soup

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Up until two years ago I had never had black bean soup.  Why?  Not sure.

Growing up we lived on the staples: spaghetti, roast of all types, casseroles, fish sticks (oh the memories, I just had to add that one), stews, etc.  You get the picture.  It was your traditional food, nothing to spicy, crazy, or life changing.  That is not to say that my mom wasn't a great cook, she was and still is, we just didn't leave our "box".

Since I began cooking and diving into the adventurous, culinary world of new flavors, ethnicity, and taste I found this.  I can't even explain how many times I have made it since then.  It is simple.  So simple.  This soup has more flavor than I would have thought possible from just looking at it.  My favorite part is the chipotle chilies, and in my book they make this soup what it is.  The next best part are the garnishes.  You can add whatever you would like and have on hand.  There are so many possibilities!

Servings 6-8
Total Time 5+

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1, 16 ounce package dried black beans
  • 1 tablespoon chopped canned chipotle chiles
  • 7 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

optional garnish idea
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • chopped avocado
  • fresh corn kernals
  • hot sauce 


INSTRUCTIONS

1.  In a large slow cooker add the onions, peppers, garlic, cumin, beans, chilies, and 7 cups hot water.  Stir well.

2.  Cover it and forget about it... isn't this the best part about a slow cooker!  Cook on high until beans are very tender, about 6 hours.

3.  Transfer 2 cups bean mixture to blender (or use an immersion blender... if you don't have one, get one... they are amazing) puree until smooth. Return puree to remaining soup in slow cooker. Stir in lime juice, salt, and pepper.

4.  Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the garnishes of your choice! Enjoy!!!

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