Soups and Salads — By Ben on 23 October 2009
Black Bean and Chorizo Soup

Black bean and chorizo soup

Fall is my favorite season of the year. One reason is that the colder temperatures make me want to make a lot of soups and stews. Back in Mexico they are eaten all year long no matter the season. At my parents’ fonda soups and chicken consomé were always part of the menu and no matter how hot it was people always ordered them. But here in Ohio it seems like I am only in the mood to make them and eat them when it gets colder. So here’s another soup that I made this week and was a big hit. It was just delicious!

Black bean and chorizo soup

The ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb Mexican chorizo
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups cooked black beans with broth plus chicken or vegetable broth, if necessary (see below for notes)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh epazote
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp mexican oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • panela cheese and avocado for garnish

The how-to:

  1. Peel the casing off the chorizo and cook it in a medium size pot until brown. Saute onion and garlic in the chorizo fat.
  2. Add black beans to the pot and, if necessary, add broth until you get the desire consistency.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.
  4. Add epazote, cumin and oregano. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Season to taste.
  5. Cut cheese and avocado in small cubes and serve on top for garnish.

The afterthoughts:

  • I cook my own beans so for this soup I cleaned about 3 cups of dried beans, soaked them overnight, rinsed them and cooked them with twice as much water to obtain a lot of broth for the soup.
  • If you can’t find epazote, you can substitute with cilantro, however the taste is not the same. Epazote works a lot better.
  • Queso panela might be bought at a Mexican market, but it can be substituted with fresh cheese. Alternatively you can add chunks of cheese to the soup while it is simmering, about 5 minutes before you turn of the heat. The cheese will acquire a very soft texture.
  • You might add a jalapeno pepper to make this soup spicy. However, some chorizos are already spiced up so be careful on the amount of pepper you use.

Black bean and chorizo soup

¡Buen provecho!

This is my entry for My Legume Love Affair #17, created by Susan of the Well-Seasoned Cook and hosted this month by Sra of When my Soup Came Alive.

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(16) Readers Comments

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  2. Another great looking soup! I really like using black beans in soups like this.

  3. That is the best looking black bean soup I've ever seen. I love the finishing touches you added of the cheese and avocado. I'm going to tweet this so others can enjoy it. Great job, Ben!

  4. This looks awesome and makes me truly excited for the chicken tortilla soup that is on our menu for tomorrow night. The recipe is from Rick Bayless, and it is heaven in a bowl. I think I'll have to have a go at your black bean soup recipe as well! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  5. Yumm I love chorizo and this looks awesome!!

  6. I am a huge fan of beans and chorizo!!!! What a combo, Ben!

  7. Hola Chico. What a delicious looking soup. I've never been much into black beans, but I bet you that if I make it with pinto beans it might be tasty too. What do you think?

  8. This looks and sounds amazing! The avocado is a surprise!

  9. looks awesome – I make a black bean and sausage soup too. I should try it with chorizo sometime.

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