as if you needed ANOTHER black bean soup recipe. i have read and tried so many different ones, and i pieced together all my favorite elements from each one. here’s what is brewing in pixy’s kitchen this morning!
in a splash of olive oil…
onion, jalapeno, celery, garlic, carrots, and a healthy handful of chopped kale (get the already washed, already chopped, for pete’s sake!! it’s amazing!)
add a dollop of better than bouillon, veggie style.
add 2 cans of black beans, use one of the cans to add a can of water.
add a can of chopped tomatoes.
add the following spices: cumin, chili powder, a dash of cinnamon, and mole seasoning (optional).
add a couple stems of cilantro ~ meaning, chop up the stalk ends. they stand up in the soup and really flavor it strongly with cilantro. i love how it brightens up the kale, too.
dump in a few tablespoons of corn meal. it’s sooooo goooood.
finish with chopped cilantro and S&P to taste. i have smoked salt, made by my amazing grillin’ friend, frank. he smokes sea salt on his grill and it is the BEST flavor.
such health in a pot! yippee!
i’d like to add one more element to this soup. i wasn’t particularly enjoying the texture of the kale in this soup, so i used an emersion blender on it, and wow. it really brings this soup together. you don’t have to blend the whole thing ~ just get the kale pieces and some of the beans and it turns into a really nice, smooth texture.