Thursday, March 22, 2012

favorite chipotle black bean soup

we have been making this very soup a lot lately. a whole lot.  partially just because we tend to have all the ingredients on hand so we're ready to go, but mostly because it is wonderfully delicious and fills your belly in the best of ways.  win win.

1 very large onion, finely diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground oregano
1 bay leaf
2 chipotle chilies in adobo
2 teaspoons adobo sauce

sauté onions and peppers until soft and beginning to brown. stir in garlic and sauté about a minute.  add spices, chilies, adobo sauce and bay leaf stir and cook until fragrant.

2 cups black beans soaked for at least a few good hours or over night
12 cups water

add soaked beans and water.  bring to a boil and simmer for a hour or so until beans are fully cooked and much of the water is absorbed.  the longer the better.

3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

once beans are cooked and soup has thickened a whole lot add the orange juice, cocoa powder, and cilantro.

top with diced red onion or sliced green onions, more cilantro, maybe some sour cream or some cheese.  what ever you wish.  it's going to be good. enjoy!

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