Black Bean Soup


  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 1/2 pound fresh chorizo link sausages, casings removed
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cut crosswise into .-inch-wide strips
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 4 cups (or more) chicken broth
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream


Place beans in heavy large pot. Add enough cold water to cover beans by 2 inches. Let sit 5-6 hours, and drain beans. Return to same pot and add 8 cups cold water. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until beans are tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Drain beans. Heat same pot over medium heat. Add chorizo and bacon and cook until chorizo is brown and bacon is crisp. Add onions and next 4 ingredients. Cook until onion is translucent, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add 4 cups broth, tomatoes with juice, and beans. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 20 minutes for flavors to blend. Cool slightly. Working in batches, coarsely puree half the soup in processor (or blender) using on/off turns. Return puree to pot and add more broth, if needed.

Bring soup to boil and simmer 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with sour cream.

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