No Recipe. No oil. One Pot. Vegetarian. Vegan. Affordable. Delicious.
Can use a rice cooker, a slow cooker, an instant pot or just plain old pot on the stove.
You don’t need a lot of things, including a recipe for this very cheap, fast, healthy and yummy meal. You can make a huge pot of it and freeze it for no cook nights or as a quick and easy pizza topping, or as taco filler, just to mention a few.
You can make this recipe without using any oil. It’s optional. Oil, preferably organic olive oil or avocado oil can enhance flavor, but it is not necessary.
You get the protein from the wonderful beans and vitamins and minerals from the vegetables, not to mention the broths, herbs, and spices. So, it’s healthy and heavenly.
Canned beans have long been an economical choice. And now there are organic canned beans under $1 dollar that are healthy and convenient, which can be turned into an array of meals. This black bean soup is one of my favorites as it is easy, hearty and delicious and you only use one pot and you don’t even need a stove. I made mine in a rice cooker, as I currently don’t have a stove. And it turns out great every time.
It tastes good with just salt and pepper, but cumin works really well too. You can even try adding cardamom. And if you like it spicy, add your favorite chilies, chili oils, chili powder, hot sauce, etc.
Creamy or Chunky
You can make this soup as creamy or chunky as you like. I kept it very chunky this time, but I have pureed it in a blender and it was equally delicious. So, have it the way you want and try different methods. This timeless recipe is a no recipe meal that you can use forever and just about anywhere from college dorms to camping grounds.
You can keep the leftover for up to 3 days in the refrigerator, but you can also freeze it for last minute, no cook nights. And whether you keep it chunky or creamy, place it on a pizza dough, or a naan or an English muffin, top it with some vegan cheese, put it under the broiler for 5-7 minutes and presto! you have a pizza that is cheap, fast, healthy, and yummy, and life is easy for a change.
I’ve listed a few that I like, but you can add as little or as many as you like and make your own version magic black bean soup.
About 2 servings, but can easily double or triple the recipe.
1 can organic black beans; including the liquid
½ of small red or white onions; diced
1-2 clove of garlic; minced
1 cup or more of organic vegetable or mushroom broth
1 cup of more of fresh or frozen vegetables; preferably organic, such as organic peas, corn, or mix vegetables.
½ teaspoon of kosher or sea salt to taste
freshly grounded pepper
1 tablespoon of organic olive or avocado oil
Cilantro chopped; preferably organic or other herbs or scallions
Organic cumin or coriander
Chili powder, chili flakes, chili oil, or hot sauce
Dollop of cashew cream or organic non-dairy yoghurt
Salsa; homemade or store bought; preferably organic
Wedges of fresh lime
And others you like and have in your kitchen
- This cannot be any easier.
- Place all the ingredients in a rice cooker, slow cooker, or an instant pot, and push the on button.
- On the stove, place all the ingredients into a medium size pot and bring to boil and then lower heat and simmer for a few minutes to consistency you like.
Since all the ingredients are already cooked and can be eaten raw, you don’t have to worry about doneness.
- Add garlic, salt and pepper, and spices if using, give it stir and a taste and season to your liking.
- You can also puree the soup using an immersion blender or carefully ladle one scoop at a time into a blender and mix it and then reheat it back in the pot.
- Add your optional toppings and serve with tortilla chips, sandwiches, grilled cheese, with rice, etc., or enjoy it all on its own. I had mine this time with some garlic naan bread, and I dipped it into the soup, and it was oh so good…