Secret Ingredient Black Bean Soup

Secret Ingredient Black Bean Soup

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.

Course Soup
Cuisine coffee, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Author Erica


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.