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Delicious Black Bean Soup Recipe - Bacon gives this soup a great flavor!
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5 from 4 votes

Black Bean Soup Recipe

This super-flavorful Black Bean Soup us easy to make and so comforting! Spice it up or make it more on the plain side, your call!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black bean and bacon soup, black bean soup recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 574kcal


  • 2 ½ cups dried Turtle Beans or 2 cups dried black beans
  • 12 ounces bacon chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic minced or 2 TBS garlic paste
  • 8-10 cups beef stock
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 TBS lime juice
  • Tabasco I like it spicy, so I use a lot – start with 1 teaspoon and go from there
  • 2 teaspoons Sherry


  • Rinse your beans in a colander, place them in a large pot and cover with water plus an additional 2-3 inches of water. Set on your cool stove or counter and allow them to soak overnight or for at least 8-10 hours.
  • Drain your beans and set aside. In your large pot, saute your bacon until almost crisp. Add your onion and saute for about 5 minutes, add your garlic and saute another 2-3 minutes, scraping up any brown bits as you do.
  • Add your beans, 8 cups of beef broth and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, uncovered for about 1 ½ to 2 hours, stirring every so often (beans will be tender). Be sure beans are not sticking, if so add another cup of stock.
  • Choose how thick you want the soup by the stock you add. Some of the beans will break apart and thicken the soup (which is how I happen to like it, sometimes I use a potato masher and mash it up just a bit).
  • Pull out the Bay leaves and then add your s&p, sugar, dry mustard, lime zest, lime juice, Tabasco, sherry, and chili sauce if using. I allow this to sit for an hour uncovered and off the heat sg the flavors to deepen. I reheat briefly and serve. This is wonderful the next 2 days!


The bacon grease should be enough fast to sauté your onion and garlic in. If your bacon yielded a lot of fat, remove some. If you make this without bacon, or need more fat to sauté the onions and garlic, add in a bit of olive or grapeseed oil to get the job done.
If you like spicy, feel free to add a jalapeno in with the onions or a few pinches of cayenne to this soup! Just how we like it!


Serving: 6servings | Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 1015mg | Potassium: 1950mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 5mg