Quick & Easy Black Bean Soup [Vegan & Gluten Free]

We’ve been in house-project-mode lately. I’m not sure where this latest bout of motivation came from, but we’ve been tackling a lot of lingering projects. I love the feeling of the house coming together but I’ve definitely been spending a lot less time in the kitchen. Most of our weekend was spent out with friends or at home working on projects. (Personally, I love that balance.) So in between finishing up the entryway bench + coat hooks and ordering a new rug + chair for the living room, I whipped up some black bean soup.

Lucky for me, this is honestly one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. Ever. So even though this barely counts as a recipe, I know you’re all busy, too, so I figured I’d share this! Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a lazy Saturday afternoon meal, this recipe is your answer.

easy black bean soup

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Quick & Easy Black Bean Soup [Vegan & Gluten Free]
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 2
  • 2 cans black beans (do NOT drain them!)
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato salsa
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili powder (less if you don't like spice)
  • 1 avocado
  • Fresh cilantro (optional, for topping)
  1. In a large pot, add in your black beans, including the liquid in the can.
  2. Add in the tomatoes and salsa. I used Green Mountain Medium salsa which was perfect because I wanted a little spice. You can pretty much use any tomato salsa, but I'd say something a little less chunky is nice in this soup.
  3. Stir in the spices.
  4. Cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes. If you're not going to eat it right away, either turn it off the heat or add a little water. Otherwise it'll cook down and it can burn on the bottom.
  5. When ready to serve, top with sliced avocado and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro!

easy vegetarian black bean soupWe topped ours with avocado chunks which was perfect since I had a few almost-too-ripe ones on my hands. It’s so hard to eat them at the perfect time but when you do, it’s so worth it! We ate this as soup on Saturday night and then I strained a few spoonfuls to use as a quesadilla filling on Sunday. When we’re busy with house projects, I’m lazy in the kitchen!

super easy vegetarian black bean soup

I have a feeling I’ll be making this one a lot this winter. I always have black beans and salsa in the pantry!

What’s your favorite super quick dinner?


  1. Beyond easy and quick!! Love it!

  2. Looks so simple yet delicious and filling!

  3. I have been looking for a black bean soup recipe – this looks really good!

  4. Yum! I’ve been on a big soup kick lately. It’s so comforting as the weather gets cold, but I always make way too much and get stuck eating the leftovers by myself since Riley doesn’t always like leftovers.

  5. this is like burrito soup! Love how this is so quick and simple, yet so delicious 🙂

  6. I’ve been in a black bean mood as well as soup. I feel like this is perfect.

  7. This looks SO good! It’s totally the time of year for soups and this one looks so yummy. 🙂

  8. Oh gosh, black bean soup is one of my favorites! I like to puree mine and add a dollop of plain greek yogurt along with avocado. Delicious!!

  9. You are the queen of simple and easy meals! This looks delicious.

    Your house projects sound like so much fun too! I hope you’ll give us an update when everything is done. I need to live vicariously through you because we aren’t going to buy a home for at least another year, waaah!

    • Thank you!! And yes, I’ll definitely be posting some “after” pictures once all of this stuff gets cleaned up! It feels like a never ending process but seeing the finished photos is good motivation 🙂

  10. This is my first time on your site and boy am I DROOLING this looks so good! Just saved it to Pinterest to remind me next time I go grocery shopping to get some supplies. Thank you so much for sharing! Definitely don’t keep the quick and easy recipes to yourself!

  11. Simple and satisfying soup Liz! Love easy and black beans!!!

  12. wow, what a super easy and GENIUS recipe – all kinds of flavor but so simple! making soon…

  13. I’ve never not drained my beans before using them. I hate the waste so love the idea of throwing everything in and having this ready in no time!

  14. I always forget how quick and easy soups can be. This looks perfect for football Sunday!

  15. Wow! This soup looks so delicious and easy. I just made a soup with a jar of salsa for the first time this summer, and now I’m obsessed. I’ll have to try this 🙂

  16. My fave quick dinner is butternut squash in the Vitamix! It comes together ridiculously fast… I love it!

  17. This looks delish! I’m always trying to find ways to incorporate more beans into my diet.

  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Try the barley soup – an often overlooked awesome grain! I love that this is so easy it’s barely a recipe 🙂

  19. Love this semi-homemade soup on a cold night, after a full day of work. I might add in cooked rice and maybe even a bit of my basic vegetable broth:) Perfect for tonight.

  20. Oh yes!! How I adore black bean soup. And my college boy has just discovered it as well. This has fraternity cooking all over it!

  21. Great recipe! Love the simplicity and full flavor!


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