Beans: mostly black, mostly soups

I’ve split off the non-link list portion, all about the how & whys, to its own post.

Science (& opinion)

Frijoles Charros

Rick Bayless’ white bean soups

Not a soup but for good mention

From here on out, it’s all black bean soups, all the time…

Black bean soups almost always contain white or yellow onion and cumin and/or chili powder (though Real Simple‘s salsa & refried… has none of the above).

Notably, several Mexican variants don’t have garlic and cumin or chili powder (Chorizo, pepper & tomatoBest Soups in the World Black Bean Soup, and Pati Jinich’s Tarascan)

Garlic is in all of these save Eating Well’s SW & Real Simple‘s salsa & refried…

Other common spices are bay leaves, oregano, cloves, cayenne, and coriander.  Cinnamon less so.

Some contain meat & don’t look super veganizable (Bacon, tomato & hominy black bean soup , Texas style chili,  Chorizo & chix, Serious Eats bacon & chipotleSerious Eats smoky baconThe kitchn’s CubanWith sausage – kielbasa, anyone?)

Whereas these chorizo based soups could use soyrizo or seitanrizo instead (Best Soups in the World Black Bean Soup and Chorizo, pepper & tomato)

Crazy simple & less than a half hour:

With Tomatoes of some sort


Chipotle in adobe

Ancho chiles

Okay, a list with a smidge of context, ingredients & a time estimate

Rick Bayless

Serious Eats

A couple dried

Cuban dried…

All of these take less than an hour. Or involve a slow-cooker

Cuban canned…

SW style

  • Once upon a Chef SW (7 aromatics, no salsa) (garlic, carrot, lime juice, oregano, coriander, cumin, cayenne – the last three, aka chili powder – 30 minutes)
  • Eating Well’s SW (3 aromatics, salsa) (chili powder, cumin, lime juice, salsa – 25 minutes)


And a few more…


  • sour cream or Mexican crema
  • sliced avocado
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • quartered lime
  • green onion
  • red onion
  • feta cheese, cotija or queso fresco
  • fresh salsa
  • fried tortilla strips, tortilla chips or tostadas
  • fried ancho chile, cut in strips
  • pickled (red) onions
  • red bell pepper
  • chicharrónes
  • sliced fried plantains
  • fried egg

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