I am ready for fall. I have my fall candles out. I have already opened two cans of pumpkin. I brought out my big fall wreath and I even made a huge batch of gumbo. But it’s still not fall in Florida. We are halfway there, but almost halfway doesn’t count.

So in a last cry for fall, I have bought one of those cinnamon brooms at the grocery store. I watched Hocus Pocus. I had true cornbread stuffing and sweet potato casserole at Mrs. Wilkes’ in Savannah yesterday. The only thing left for me to do, make more soup. If fall doesn’t come soon I may have to come move in with one of you Yankees. I promise to bring goodies and soup and wine! 😀

I have been making this Spicy Black Bean Soup for the last 3 years now. The original recipe was written down on the back of a napkin from a coworker, but has been reworked so many times that the only thing that has stayed the same is the name. It has a spicy sweet flavor and is perfect with a dollop of daisy and some fresh cut green onions….and it’s best friend is a grilled cheese sandwich!

P.S. This Spicy Black Bean Soup is Gluten Free, Vegan, and even Ass Friendly. 😀

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Recipe Notes: This soup freezes extremely well. Just place in ziplock freezer bags, and freeze! Also, yes you could use the vegetable stock in the quarts…but I seriously love the flavor the BTB Vegetarian No Chicken Base adds!


3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large white onions, chopped
4 large jalapenos, minced
1 large shallot, minced
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons white pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano
6 (14.5 oz) cans low sodium black beans (4 cans drained & rinsed, 2 cans with liquid)
6 cups water, plus 3 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon Vegetarian No Chicken Base


In a large heavy bottomed stock pot, over medium high heat, add olive oil, onions, jalapeno, shallot and garlic. Sauté until translucent.

Add spices and mix until well combined. Cook for 3 minutes more.

Add beans and broth (water + better than bouillon), bring to a simmer. Simmer until soup has thickened slightly, about 40-45 minutes.

Using an immersion blender (or using the transfer 1 cup at a time to a blender method and back to the pot method), blend about half of the soup until smooth.

Serve with a scoop of sour cream, green onions, and maybe even a grilled cheese!

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