This Spicy Black Bean Soup with Ancho Chile Pepitas will satisfy your appetite for sweet, smoky heat. If you are at all like me, you’ll use this black bean soup as an excuse to eat tortilla chips!
Though I started cooking in my Grandma’s kitchen as a child, the first time I actually wrote and developed a recipe (with all of the technical requirements and stuff) was in college. It was in food science class at Georgia State University. I developed a spicy black bean soup and it scored an A for flavor, nutrition and cost. I still make it from time to time, so it’s only fitting that I share a version of it here.
This recipe couldn’t get much easier. Start with leftover cooked black beans. Add them to a blender.
Blend the beans with your favorite vegetables, spices and a little vegetable broth to thin it out. I used half a fresh jalapeno (no seeds), cumin and lots of ancho chile powder. Ancho chile powder adds a deep, smoky and slightly sweet heat to the soup. It pairs well with black beans.
Two kinds of peppers? Yeah. I know it sounds spicy but it didn’t torch my wimpy – not so heat tolerant tastebuds. The peppers add a depth of flavor to savor. Adjust it to your liking.
For crunch, a bit more protein and a dose of heart healthy fats, sprinkle on the pepitas. ( I included the simple recipe for these below.)
If you are at all like me, you’ll love this black bean soup and make it often. It’s the perfect excuse to eat tortilla chips!