Black Bean Soup: A Super Recovery Food?

I’ve never been a huge fan of beans…I mean, is someone out there really a bean superfan?

Baked beans are okay, refried beans usually get ignored on my plate, and navy bean soup? Not my favorite. So I wasn’t expecting much when my wife put a bowl of black bean soup in front of me. But then I tasted it, and I was sold.

This is pretty good for you, as most food goes. A majority of the ingredients contain natural anti-inflammatory properties (onions, garlic, black beans and tomatoes), as well as a multitude of vitamins (A, B6, C, D and K, to name a few). There’s plenty of soluble fiber from the beans and the tomatoes, so this is a great addition to any diet filled with copious amounts of meat.

The best part? This cooks in under twenty minutes, and is a favorite of ours to make after grocery shopping. By the time you finish dividing out your bulk buys and putting all the groceries away, this soup is ready to eat. I like to top it with some sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt), salsa and a few slices of avocado. To make this more of a meal, I’ll make a ham and jalapeno quesadilla like you see in the picture above.

Definitely a hit, great for recovery, and super cheap to make, too. We get our black beans and salsa at Costco, as we mentioned in our ultimate shopping guide.

Easy Black Bean Soup

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Soup
Website Black Bean Soup
This fast dinner cooks in under twenty minutes. Full of heart-healthy beans, this tasty soup has a kick from the salsa and seasoned with cumin.


  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 cans black beans (undrained)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 cup water
  • olive oil
  • salt & freshly ground pepper


Step 1
Heat olive oil in a small stockpot over medium heat.
Step 2
Add onion and garlic, sauteeing until soft.
Step 3
Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and let cook 10-15 minutes.
Step 4
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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