Sooner Black Bean Soup

The fresh high notes of the lime and cilantro are excellent in this soup. You can use either dried beans or a can (16 ozs) of black beans in this soup. I prefer using the dried, soaked beans.

  • 16 ozs dried Black Beans
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 2 medium Red Onions, chopped
  • 4 Jalapeno Peppers, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Ginger, peeled and grated
  • 4 cloves Garlic, peeled and pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme
  • 8 cups Water
  • 2 medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled nad cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 1 bunch Green Onions, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh Cilantro, chopped

In a large saucepan heat beans in enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes and take off heat. Let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse. In a large saucepot, heat the oil and saute onions until tender about 10 minutes. Add jalapeno, ginger, garlic and thyme. Cook about 3 minutes. Add beans and water to the pot. Heat to boiling and reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.   Add the sweet potatoes, brown sugar and salt. cook for an additional 30 minutes.  Take 1 cup of the bean soup and puree in a blender or use an immersion blender. Add back to the saucepot as a thickener. Just before serving serve in the green onions and cilantro.

About okieranchwife

I am a transplant to Oklahoma and an escapee from an unspecifed Northeast State. I enjoy growing my gardens and cooking what I grow.
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