Black Bean Soup with Chipotle and Toasted Cumin Seed Sour Cream

I have to be honest with you when I read about this black bean soup here I was skeptical about the preparation of the dried beans.  In every textbook and cookbook that I have read dried beans are always soaked before cooking.  And I must admit that I have had my share of trouble preparing dried kidney beans to the point that I will not prepare them in a slow cooker.  After some research I have found that dried kidney beans react with acid in tomatoes and will not soften even after cooking for days.  However this apparently does not  apply to other beans. 

This is the most flavorful Black Bean Soup that I have ever had. Hands down!  So much so that I have prepared it twice in the last two weeks.  What make it even better is that there is very little preparation.  The soup is ready in  three and half hours.  Yes!!  It is the truth.  

My slow cooker is a 6 quart Rival.  It cooks faster than my older version.  Adjust the cooking time according to your slow cooker.  But by all means try this recipe because it is so good that you will want to eat all of it at once.  Save some for the next day, it is even better after refrigeration. Remember that I was a non-believer at first!  The black beans need no soaking. 


Dice 2 red onions. 


Saute onion and peppers

After peppers and onions have cooked for about 8 minutes add garlic and cumin. 


Rinse 1 pound of dried black beans.  Throw it all in a slow cooker and add 7 cups of hot water.  Cook on high for about 3 hours or longer.  Here is the soup and the recipe.  


Black Bean Soup with Chipotle and Toasted Cumin  Sour Cream 

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen  ( Bon Appetit) 

Yields 6 main course servings 

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium red onions, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper,  chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 teaspoons  ground cumin  
  • 1 16-ounce package dried black beans 
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped chipotle chiles ( I used 2 for a bigger kick)  if packed in a sauce just rinse and then chop
  • 7 cups of hot water
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper                                                                                                                                                                                           

Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onions and both bell peppers and saute until beginning to brown, about eight minutes.  Add garlic and cumin: stir one minute.  Transfer mixture to a 6-qt slow cooker.  Add beans and chipotles, then 7 cups hot water.  Cover and cook on high until beans are very tender, about 3 hours. ( Can vary according to your slow cooker) 

Transfer two cups bean mixture to bowl and puree with an immersion blender or a blender.  Return the puree to the slow cooker.  Stir in lime juice, salt, and pepper .  Ladle soup into bowl.  Spoon dollop of toasted cumin cream over the soup. 

Toasted Cumin Seed Sour Cream 

  • 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 cup of sour cream

Place the cumin in a small sauté pan over medium heat.  Toast until lightly golden brown.  Place in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle and grind until coarse.  Stir into cream and season with salt and pepper.


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Filed under Black bean soup, Cooking, Crock Pot, Recipes, Slow Cooker

8 responses to “Black Bean Soup with Chipotle and Toasted Cumin Seed Sour Cream

  1. Looks like perfect food to warm you from the inside out, particularly needed the way this Winter has been. Printing for later in the week – yum!

  2. Sounds full of flavor, I love it.

  3. Very nice pictures…you’ve convinced me – I’m going to have to try this! My slow cooker cracked recently so perhaps I can simmer it slowly in a dutch oven.

  4. outstanding. black bean soup is good. black bean soup spiced up with chipotles is better. black bean soup spiced up with chipotles and garnished with an amazing sour cream is top-of-the-line. bravo!

  5. I’ve never made a black bean soup! Love your flavors and the great idea of cumin sour cream topper!

  6. I’m trying this in my crockpot tomorrow with canned beans (I have lots of dried beans, but no black ones)… I’m going to pair them with your cheese biscuits and garlic butter from a few posts ago. 🙂

  7. Levi Atkinson

    The Black Bean Soup is beautifully made.

  8. Tori B

    I like how you used so many flavors together. I didn’t know some of them could work together.

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