My friend Eric, the king of soups, came up with an amazing recipe recently, which I tried last weekend and I have to share it… it’s too delicious to keep for myself. It’s a black bean soup, with delicious flavors such as lime, cilantro, jalapenos and spicy sausage. All the ingredients are gluten free and inexpensive, it’s easy to make and only takes about one hour.
- 1lb hot Italian sausage, diced *
- 1lb bacon, diced
- Black pepper, to taste
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 jalapenos, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 2 15 oz can diced tomatoes
- 2 15oz can chicken broth
- 2 15oz can garbanzo beans, drained
- 4 15oz can black beans, drained
- 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- Cheddar cheese, to taste (garnish)
- Sour cream, to taste (garnish)
- Green onions, to taste (garnish)
*Note: Choose the hot Italian sausage carefully. Make sure to read the ingredients to avoid gluten, soy and corn syrup.
The first step is to dice the bacon and sausage. A nice little tip is to freeze the bacon about an hour before you dice it, so it’s easier to work with.
Brown the sausage in a large pan. After a few minutes, add the bacon. Once it starts turning clear, add black pepper, to taste. When the bacon starts to brown on the edges, add the onion. Cook until translucent. Add the jalapenos and cook about 4 minutes for flavor. Then add the garlic and cook another minute.
In a large pot (mine is 8 quartz), mix together all the canned ingredients (broth, beans, tomatoes). Add the spicy sausage mixture, sugar, rice vinegar, fish sauce, crushed red pepper and chili powder. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. Stir often.
Wash the bunch of cilantro and coarsely chop it. Add it to the soup, mix well and let simmer another 15 minutes.
Add lime juice and let simmer another 5 minutes.
It’s ready! Serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onions. Enjoy this spicy, tangy, crunchy and delicious soup.