This hearty black bean soup is packed with vegetables and spices for a flavorful meal! It’s filled with plant-based protein, making this vegan soup super satisfying.

black bean soup
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I love black bean soup because it’s easy to make and super filling! Made with tender black beans, vegetables, and spices, this soup is both nourishing and satisfying. It’s also a great way to use up any leftover vegetables you may have in your refrigerator. Plus, it’s easy to make and customize to your liking by adding your favorite toppings or extra ingredients. Whether you’re a vegan looking for a protein-packed meal or want a cozy and comforting dinner, this black bean soup recipe might become a new favorite. If you like this recipe, try my quinoa and black bean soup, next!

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Olive oil– A little olive oil helps enhance the flavors of the mirepoix. If you’re following an oil- free diet, you can sauté the vegetables in a little bit of broth instead.
  • Onion– I’ve tested this recipe with a yellow onion and a red onion and both work great!
  • CeleryThis is an easy way to add more veggies to the soup!
  • CarrotsCarrots add a subtle sweetness and help bulk up this soup with more vegetables.
  • Bell pepper- I recommend using a green bell pepper, but you can use a different color bell pepper if that’s what you have on hand.
  • JalapeñoI recommend testing the jalapeño before adding it to the soup as some are spicy and some are mild. Adjust the amount based on taste.
  • GarlicI cheat and use pre-peeled garlic, pressed through a garlic press. It’s an easy way to get lots of minced garlic!
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce– These are typically sold in the Mexican section of the grocery store in a small can.
  • Spices– Be sure your spices are fresh! The smoked paprika, cumin, bay leaf and oregano add a lot of flavor to this dish.
  • Broth– I prefer a “not-chicken” style broth like Edward & Son’s. It tastes like chicken broth but it’s vegetarian.
  • Black beans– This recipe calls for canned black beans because that’s the quickest and easiest option. But if you have a little extra time, consider making this recipe with dried beans!
  • Cornstarch– This helps create a thicker broth. You’ll need to whisk it with water, then blend it with some of the black beans.

How to Make Black Bean Soup