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Mexican Bean Soup

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Summary

This soup has bold, vibrant flavors and is very satisfying without being heavy like traditional chili. The whole cumin seeds are what makes this nutritious soup distinctly different from other bean soups, giving it a little pop of flavor and even more nutrition with its antioxidants!

Yields4 ServingsPrep Time20 minsCook Time25 minsTotal Time45 mins

Ingredients

 2 tbsp water (for sauté, +1 Tbsp as needed)
 1 ½ cups red onion (finely chopped)
 6 medium-large garlic cloves (minced, +1 as desired)
 ¾ tsp salt (optional)
 ground black pepper (optional, to taste)
 1 ¼ tsp cumin seed
 2 ½ tsp dried oregano
 ½ tsp cinnamon
 1 tbsp jalapeño pepper (optional, seeded and chopped, +1 Tbsp as desired)
 28 oz organic diced tomatoes (BPA-free canned)
 1 ¾ cups black beans (home cooked or BPA-free canned, drained)
 1 ¾ cups pinto beans (home cooked or BPA-free canned, drained)
 1 cup organic corn (frozen)
 2 cups vegetable broth (unsalted, preferably homemade)
 ½ cup water (+½ cup as desired)
 1 tsp maple syrup (or date paste, link in Chef’s Notes)
 1 ½ tbsp lime juice (freshly squeezed)
 fresh cilantro (optional, chopped, to taste)
 lime wedges (for serving)

Directions

1

To a large pot over medium heat, add the water for sauté, onions, garlic, salt if using, pepper, cumin seed, dried oregano, cinnamon, and jalapeño (if using).

2

Partially cover and let cook for 6–8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat if the onions are sticking (and add another splash of water if needed).

3

Add the remaining ingredients (using ½ cup of water, and except lime juice, cilantro, and lime wedges) to your pot.

4

Stir through, and increase heat to high to bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let simmer for 10–15 minutes.

5

Stir in fresh lime juice, add an additional ½ cup of water if desired, and serve individual portions with cilantro and lime wedges, and a dollop of Chipotle Avocado Cream.

Chef's Notes

Pinto Beans
You can substitute kidney beans if you prefer, or another 1 ¾ cup of black beans.

Kid-friendlier
If making this soup for a family with young children, you may want to omit the jalapeño so the soup does not have spicy heat. It will still be flavorful, just not spicy hot for young ones. Also, if you don’t have a fresh jalapeño on hand, feel free to add a few pinches of crushed red chili flakes or a few dashes of hot sauce to taste.

Sugar-free
Use date paste in place of maple syrup.

Garlic
The garlic really makes this soup sing! Use medium to large cloves, or several more if your cloves are smaller.

Storage
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 30 days.

Recipe from Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton adapted for WHOLE Life Club (WLC)

Ingredients

 2 tbsp water (for sauté, +1 Tbsp as needed)
 1 ½ cups red onion (finely chopped)
 6 medium-large garlic cloves (minced, +1 as desired)
 ¾ tsp salt (optional)
 ground black pepper (optional, to taste)
 1 ¼ tsp cumin seed
 2 ½ tsp dried oregano
 ½ tsp cinnamon
 1 tbsp jalapeño pepper (optional, seeded and chopped, +1 Tbsp as desired)
 28 oz organic diced tomatoes (BPA-free canned)
 1 ¾ cups black beans (home cooked or BPA-free canned, drained)
 1 ¾ cups pinto beans (home cooked or BPA-free canned, drained)
 1 cup organic corn (frozen)
 2 cups vegetable broth (unsalted, preferably homemade)
 ½ cup water (+½ cup as desired)
 1 tsp maple syrup (or date paste, link in Chef’s Notes)
 1 ½ tbsp lime juice (freshly squeezed)
 fresh cilantro (optional, chopped, to taste)
 lime wedges (for serving)

Directions

1

To a large pot over medium heat, add the water for sauté, onions, garlic, salt if using, pepper, cumin seed, dried oregano, cinnamon, and jalapeño (if using).

2

Partially cover and let cook for 6–8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat if the onions are sticking (and add another splash of water if needed).

3

Add the remaining ingredients (using ½ cup of water, and except lime juice, cilantro, and lime wedges) to your pot.

4

Stir through, and increase heat to high to bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let simmer for 10–15 minutes.

5

Stir in fresh lime juice, add an additional ½ cup of water if desired, and serve individual portions with cilantro and lime wedges, and a dollop of Chipotle Avocado Cream.

Mexican Bean Soup