Healthy black bean soup

Are you looking for a way to get more protein in your diet without using meat?  Supposedly, the "experts" are saying that we should be limiting our meat intake to the size of your palm or roughly 4 ounces a day. 

Don't get me wrong, you won't see me comparing my freshly cooked backstrap to my palm anytime soon but it probably wouldn't hurt to add a couple meatless meals to your repertoire (plus meatless meals are really cheap). 

If you are interested in a meatless meal, try my healthy black bean soup. I came up with this recipe by altering a recipe my friend gave me for tortilla soup.  I didn't know what to expect at first but it actually turned out great.  Both my wife and daughter were big fans and that is enough for me.

The first thing I did when making my healthy black bean soup was to soak 2 cups of dry beans overnight.  I wrote about this process in a previous post so please reference that for additional info.  After soaking the beans for 24 hours, I added them to a big pot with 4 quarts of water.  You can also substitute 4 cans of canned beans.  If you do this, skip the soaking step.


Bring to a boil

While the water is coming to a boil, combine one red or green pepper, one onion, one can of rotel or homemade salsa in a blender.  Blend all the ingredients until there are no chunks and then add them to the black beans and water.

The flavor

Once all the ingredients are in the pot, add one half tablespoon Chipotle Chile pepper ( I used Mccormick brand), one tablespoon of chili powder, salt to taste, chopped cilantro to taste, and one can of corn.  Let everything come to a boil again and then let the soup simmer until the beans are done.


Cilantro adds a lot of flavor to the soup

Once the beans are cooked to your liking, taste the soup and add any of the ingredients you feel it is lacking.  I usually add a little more salt and maybe a shot of Franks red hot but that is up to you.  When you are ready to serve the soup, add tortilla strips and cheese and you will be ready to eat.


Tell me that doesn't look good

Feel free to try this recipe the next time you are in the mood to go "meatless", you will find that this recipe can be made for dirt cheap (should be under 5 bucks), tastes great and is a healthy soup.

Please comment if you tried this recipe.  I would love to hear if you liked it or not.









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