Cookbook:Black Bean Soup with Tomato-Tomatillo Salsa

Black Bean Soup with Tomato-Tomatillo Salsa
Category Soup recipes
Servings 6
Time 2-3 hours

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | American cuisine | Mexican cuisine | Vegetarian Cuisine | beans | Soups


  • 1 large tomato, finely diced
  • 3 medium tomatillos, husks removed and finely diced
  • 1 small red onion, very finely diced
  • 1 serranos or jalopeño chile, very finely diced
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Salt, to taste
  • Crème fraîche or sour cream, for garnish


  1. Pick over the beans. Soak, if desired and drain.
  2. In a deep, heavy-based pot, heat oil over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add beans, garlic and water.
  5. Bring to a boil, skimming any foam that rises to the surface.
  6. Reduce to a simmer and when the beans are soft, after about 1 hour, add tomato, epazote, chipotle chile, cumin, coriander and salt.
  7. Cook until the beans start to break down and broth begins to thicken.
  8. Taste for seasoning; add salt and pepper if needed.
  1. In a small bowl, combine tomato, tomatillo, onion, jalapeño and cilantro.
  2. Taste for seasoning and add salt as needed.
  1. Ladle soup into individual serving bowls.
  2. Garnish each with a spoonful of Crème fraîche and salsa.

Tips, Notes, and VariationsEdit

  • If you're serving this soup immediately, you can thicken it by pureeing a cup or two of the beans in a blender or food processor and then recombining them with the rest of the soup. If refrigerated overnight, the soup will thicken on its own.
  • The salsa will taste best if assembled no more than an hour before serving.
  • Epazote is an herb that looks like a weed and is regularly used in Mexican cooking. If you can't find it, use an equal amount of cilantro.
  • Tomatillos look like rock hard tomatoes with papery skin. Look for them canned in the Hispanic section of your market, if you can't find fresh. They will be perfectly acceptable.
  • Crème fraîche is similar to sour cream, but richer. Look for it in the fancy cheese section.