Black Bean Soup with Bacon
I was in the mood for soup today so I went in search of what was in my refrigerator. I decided to keep it simple and make a black bean soup. I usually toss in some chorizo but I didn’t have any so I decided to use bacon instead. I also added sweet potato, red pepper, onion, carrot, and celery to make it extra hearty and flavorful. After the soup simmered for a couple of hours, I blended most of it up with my immersion blender then ladled it into serving bowls. I topped each bowl with cilantro, green onion, avocado, cotija cheese, sour cream, and diced tomato. It was extremely flavorful and utterly delicious. My kids ate every last drop of their soup and my husband & I both loved it and look forward to the leftovers tomorrow for lunch.
Place a large Dutch oven on the stove and heat up over medium heat. Add the bacon slices and cook, until it golden brown; remove and place on a paper towel; crumble into bits. Wipe out all but 1-2 teaspoons of bacon grease. Add the sweet potato, red pepper, onion, carrot, and celery to the Dutch oven and cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add the minced garlic, cumin, chile powder, oregano, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the drained & rinsed black beans, chicken broth, bacon bits, lime juice, bay leaf, and molasses. Cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Remove the bay leaf from the pot of soup then blend with an immersion blender for a minute or so. Taste and re-season if needed. Ladle soup into bowls then top each bowl of soup with fresh cilantro, green onion, avocado, cotija cheese, sour cream, and diced tomato. Serve & enjoy.
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