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Spicy Black Bean Soup

This is one of those recipes that combines simple, hearty ingredients that come together to create a damn fine soup. This soup could not be easier to make and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do. Don’t skimp on the tangy yogurt topping. It adds such a lovely element to the soup and it’s one of my favorite parts!


  •     1 pound dried black beans, rinsed and picked over
  •     3 tablespoons cooking fat of choice (bacon fat, oil, butter or ghee)
  •     1 large onion, finely chopped
  •     5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  •     2 medium sized carrots, chopped
  •     4 teaspoons ground cumin
  •     1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  •     1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  •     1 tablespoon kosher salt plus more to taste (beans absorb a lot of salt so you can be heavy handed)
  •     1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  •     6 1/2 cups of water (plus more to thin as needed)
  •     1 bay leaf
  •     1 cup whole milk yogurt
  •     1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  •     flakey sea salt
  •     finely chopped parsley for serving


  1. Place the beans in a bowl and cover with cold water and soak overnight. OR add the beans to a medium sized pot and cover with hot water. Bring to a boil for 1 minute, remove from the heat, cover the pot and soak the beans for 1 hour. Drain and rinse the beans and keep them to the side.
  2. Over medium heat, add your cooking fat to a large dutch oven or soup pot and once hot add your onion. Cook, stirring occasionally until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, carrot, cumin, pepper flakes, and oregano along with the salt. Stir, and continue to cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes longer. Deglaze the pan with the red wine vinegar and cook until it’s reduced by half.
  3. Add the beans, water and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot cook for 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are tender (cooking times will very depending on your beans). Stir the pot every 30 minutes to insure the beans don’t stick to the bottom and add more water as needed.
  4. In a bowl mix the yogurt with the red wine vinegar and salt. Set to the side.
  5. After the soup has cooked, remove the bay leaf. At this point you have the option to use an immersion blender to puree a little bit of the soup for a thicker, creamy texture (you can also transfer half of the soup to a stand blender) otherwise, you can serve the soup as is.
  6. Dollop with the yogurt, parsley and season with plenty of salt and pepper.
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