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Oct 29

Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

This flavorful, healthy, one-pot Black Bean Soup is the perfect cure for a cold weather day. Rich and filling, with layers of flavor that keep developing as you eat it and a bit of a spicy kick, this soup will warm you up from the inside out! I also love how easy this is to make, using ingredients I often have on hand. I served this to my mom for lunch when she was over watching Claire and she gushed about it so I knew it was a winner! She said it was “spicy, smoky and zesty” and my husband said it has “a nice kick” to it. A cup of this Black Bean Soup is so satisfying and just 284 calories or 1 WW Point. To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!

This Black Bean Soup is great on its own, but it’s also fun to add toppings! Feel free to experiment, but my suggestions are avocado, cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream, greek yogurt, or crushed tortilla chips. So many good options!

Black Bean Soup

For more tasty, lightened up soup recipes like this Black Bean Soup check out my Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup, Sausage and Tortellini Tomato Soup, Butternut Squash Soup, Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, Roasted Corn Soup, Beef Taco Soup, Buffalo Chicken Soup, Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup, Chicken Corn Chowder, Zuppa Toscana, Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Italian Wedding Soup, Cheeseburger Soup, Spaghetti and Meatball Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Herbed Chicken and Dumplings, Roasted Tomato Basil Soup and more in the soup section of my recipe index!

Black Bean Soup
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Black Bean Soup

This flavorful, healthy, one-pot Black Bean Soup is the perfect cure for a cold weather day!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups diced onions
  • 3 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, sliced thin
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 4 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup salsa, I used medium heat
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnishes, not included in nutrition calculations: cilantro, sour cream, Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, avocado, crumbled tortilla chips, etc.


  • Heat the oil in a dutch oven or soup pot to medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions, celery, carrots, and a bit of salt and stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened (about 10 minutes).
  • Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder and red pepper flakes and stir to combine. Cook for another minute. Add the broth and stir to scrape anything up off the bottom of the pot. Add the black beans and salsa and stir together. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce the heat to simmer. Simmer gently, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  • Remove 4 cups of the soup mixture to a blender and blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Return the blended soup to the pot and stir together until fully combined. Add the lime juice and salt and pepper to taste if desired. Serve hot.


To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
WW Points per (1 cup) serving: 1 (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per (1 cup) serving:
284 calories, 50 g carbs, 9 g sugars, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 16 g protein, 18 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
MyWW SmartPoints per (1 cup) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 6 SmartPoints/ Blue: 1 SmartPoints/ Purple: 1 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
6 per (1 cup) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers brand PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition information below)
Adapted from Cookie and Kate

15 comments on “Black Bean Soup”

  1. Sounds yummy and easy. How many smart points?  

  2. We love black bean soup and I can’t wait to make this for my husband and myself.
    Thank you.

  3. This looks great but I am trying to find ways to take most of the chopping out of the work to cook. Since this is going in the blender anyway could I roughly chop the carrot, onion, and celery in the food processor or mini food processor? Just find it less overwhelming to cook if there is less chopping–even if there is a little more clean up.

  4. Id like to pin the black bean soup recipe but I don’t see a way to do that. Thanks

  5. Just made this soup!! Omg! The family loved it!!!! Thanks Emily for another kick a$$ WW recipe !!!

  6. Hi Emily and thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipes! I’m wondering if the black bean soup is okay made in advance? How is it as “leftovers”?

    • We’ve enjoyed it fresh and as leftovers. It may separate a bit; just stir it as you are heating it. 

  7. What if you use dried beans instead of canned? How would that alter the recipe?

    • I have never made this with dried beans so I can’t provide directions to make it that way. I’m sorry!

    • If you would like to use dried beans, you would want to cook them first. I do them in my InstantPot cooker. Takes less than an hour and then I have oodles of beans to use for this recipe and to freeze the extras. 

  8. Just made this Emily.  I didn’t have any salsa, so I omitted the fresh tomato and added a can of Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles.  Otherwise followed your recipe.  It tastes great, and it makes ALOT!

  9. I made my own homemade salsa with Sereno peppers, jalapeños, tomatoes, onions and a dash of chicken knorr and salt ANNNNND OMGGGG, we’ve ate this twice a week for three weeks. It is heaven in a bowl. Add it over some fritos and watch out!

  10. What if you use dried beans instead of canned? How would that alter the recipe?5 stars

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