This gorgeous, dairy-free, Secret Ingredient Black Bean Soup has all the healthful goodness of a vegetarian soup, with a special depth of flavor thanks to the secret ingredient, coffee. As a starter for a special occasion or a simple weeknight meal, this delicious soup and fresh flavor will warm the soul.
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I love to take random ingredients and put them in unexpected places. So in this recipe, I am adding coffee to soup. Whuh??? Yep. I have coffee rubbed pork chops and coffee crusted ribeyes, but this is the first time I have added prepared coffee as an ingredient in a SAVORY recipe. …Sweet, I have done. Savory, not yet. Until today.
How did I even think of such a thing? Well because I make recipes all the time and, of course, some are splurgy, but for the most part I really do try to cook healthful dishes for myself, my family, and YOU. And sometimes the trick is to add something a little out of the ordinary to bring FLAVOR.
So I looked online for ideas and combed through sites like EatingWell. But a lot of these recipes included a ham hock of all things. If you know me, the last thing I am going to do is put a ham hock into my new and delicious, plant-based soup.
But I could not just blend up beans and stock and call it good, because it wouldn’t be. Soooo, in my recipe, this is what the coffee is there for – it provides a depth of flavor I would not have had otherwise. Our secret ingredient!
This Secret Ingredient Black Bean Soup recipe is very straightforward. We sauté up some veggies including POBLANO pepper (Yeahhhh) in olive oil. Add beans, veggie stock, coffee. I used Gourmesso coffee, but you can use whatever brew you’d like just make sure it is STRONG.
And we let that simmer a bit. Then blend it up to silky awesome, antioxidant-LOADED greatness.
Finish with more black beans, tomatoes, and fresh cilantro. Oh, then pile on the avocado, and push the nutrition and YUM even further.
Because avocado is always – I repeat, always – a good idea. ?
So, that’s it folks. This Secret Ingredient Black Bean Soup was so satisfying. I just stood there, with a spoon, going at it, burning my mouth in the process, but I did not care (and I was hangry).
So so so good. With all the nutritional and soul-warming goodness packed right in. …and even better the next day for lunch.
Secret Ingredient Black Bean Soup
- 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large white onion diced
- 2 poblano peppers seeded and diced
- 2 large cloves garlic chopped
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- 1-1/2 cups strong brewed coffee the secret!
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- 3 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed, divided
- 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro divided
- 2 14.5 oz cans petite diced tomatoes, drained
- garnish: chopped cilantro diced avocado, squeeze of lime
- Heat a large, heavy bottomed saucepan over high heat. Add the oil, onion, peppers, and garlic, and sauté until veggies are slightly softened and fragrant. Add the vegetable stock, coffee, salt, pepper, and black beans reserving 1 cup of black beans to add later.
- Let the soup simmer until flavors are blended and veggies are softened (~20 minutes). Hit the soup with an immersion blender to blend it all out until smooth (alternatively, working in batches, a blender or food processor can be used).
- Add the reserved 1 cup black beans, the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro, and the tomatoes. Let the soup simmer gently to desired consistency (15-20 minutes - you want a soup, not a porridge). Serve topped with cilantro, avocado, and a squeeze of lime. Yields: 8 servings.
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