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Smoky Black Bean Soup

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


You can make this delicious, thick and hearty smoky black bean soup with only a few pantry ingredients and in less than 20 minutes!



  • 2 tbsp. oil (olive or vegetable)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika (see note)
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp. black pepper or to taste
  • 2 cans black beans (do not drain)
  • 1 c. water
  • Topping ideas (optional): diced onion, hot sauce, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, squeeze of lime


  1. Heat the oil in a stock pot or dutch oven on medium heat. When oil is hot, add in the diced onion. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes or until translucent.
  2. Add in the smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Stir for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add in the tomato paste, stir for another 30 seconds.
  4. Add in the black beans (undrained), and water. Stir to combine. Turn heat down to medium low, let simmer for ten minutes, stirring occasionally, until soup has thickened slightly.
  5. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and/or pepper if necessary. Add your favorite topping and enjoy!


If you don’t have smoked paprika, substitute 2 tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. cumin and a pinch of cayenne (to taste).

Keywords: black beans, soup