Easy Black Bean Soup
I am so excited to be participating in this year’s Freaky Friday Blog Hop: Fall Edition! This group is the brainchild of my friend, Michaela’s and it is SO MUCH FUN! For those of you that aren’t familiar with Freaky Friday, it is a group of food bloggers that get assigned a secret blog and we get to choose any recipe we want to make from it for our own blogs. Then all of the recipes are revealed at the exact same time and we get to see who had our page and which recipe they selected! It has been a great way for me and my readers to find new blogs to follow, and I feel honored to be a part of it!
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I was super happy to be assigned Le Moine Family Kitchen’s Blog. Angela is an absolute SWEETHEART. She is such a hard worker and an INCREDIBLE food blogger. I actually found out we have several things in common. We both are married with 2 energetic kiddos and started our blogs around the same time at the insistence of friends and family. What sets us apart is her wonderful Italian roots…. and the fact that she loves to exercise LOL
So one more thing about Angela you may not know, (We are facebook friends so I have some insider info 😉 ), She is an AMAZING decorator. Her and her family recently purchased a GORGEOUS home and I have SOME SERIOUS ENVY going on of her abilities to completely makeover old furniture into the most gorgeous pieces. Her home is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen! It is truly a work of art.
Because of her Italian roots, Angela has some AMAZING pasta recipes in her site, along with lots of delicious baked goods, some healthy options, vegetarian meals, appetizers and honestly just about anything you could ever want to make!!!! I probably spent more time looking over the recipes on her blog than I have in any other blog I have been assigned, just because there are SO many different types of meals I want to try!
I pretty much had decided to go with an Italian recipe from the beginning. A few that caught my eye were her Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs, Tagliatelle with Roasted Tomatoes & Pesto Ricotta and her Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Shells.
Then I saw her Easy Black Bean Soup and it looked SO DELICIOUS. My husband ALWAYS orders Black Bean Soup anytime we go to a Mexican restaurant. I knew he would LOVE IT!!! It turned out even better than any we have had and was PERFECT to serve along with Grilled Chicken Quesadillas for dipping after we got home late on a weeknight from football practice. My kiddos INHALED this soup. Football practice makes my youngest so hungry. He walked in the door and was like, ”OH MY GOSH THAT SMELLS AMAZING!” It really does too.
I can not wait for you to try this delicious soup!!!!
- 4 Tbsp bacon grease
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 32 oz chicken broth
- 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- shredded cheddar
- fresh cilantro
- diced tomato
- fresh jalapeno peppers
- sour cream
- lime wedge
- fried tortilla strips
In a large pot over medium heat add in the bacon grease, red onion and bell pepper. Cook until softened. Add in the garlic, the last minute or 2 and stir constantly to keep it from burning. Add the chicken broth, black beans, salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder.
Bring up to a boil then lower and simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
Using a hand blender, blend the soup until smooth. Simmer for another 15 minutes or so, or until the desired thickness is reached. Serve with toppings of your choice! ENJOY!!!
Check out the rest of the Freaky Friday Recipes from our blogger friends!