On the first day of spring, I found myself making a bit pot of hot soup. Why? Well, mostly because my love for soup is enduring and season-less, but also because it was snowing. That’s right. More snow in Boston. At this point I oscillate between thinking “what’s another 2 inches?” and “are you kidding me? Really? The 108 inches wasn’t enough?”. Luckily I can’t be mad when soup is involved so my attitude towards the snow was closer to the former.
I will literally eat any soup that’s vegetarian but I like to eat soup as a main meal. This means that I need all the components of a meal in one pot- enough vegetables to actually qualify as multiple servings and some protein, typically in the form of beans. I usually top soup with avocado or sunflower seeds for a dose of healthy fat. Side note-anyone else think I should rename this blog “Serious Soup Obsession”?
I came up with this soup recipe as I walked to Whole Foods, knowing that if I didn’t have some game plan I’d come home with the entire store. I wanted soup with a little heat, a smokey undertone, and some sweet corn. And volia. Smokey Black Bean & Corn Soup….with chard because an extra dose of greens is always good. And it was on sale.
- 1 Tbsp. canola oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- ½ Tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- ½ tsp. chipotle chili powder
- 1 28oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth + 1 cup water
- 2 15oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
- 16oz frozen corn
- 1 bunch chard, chopped
- salt + pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Add in onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add in garlic, jalapeno, and bell pepper-cook for additional 2 minutes. Salt + pepper to taste.
- Add spices and cook, stirring constantly for 30 seconds. Pour in canned tomatoes.
- Pour in broth, beans, and corn. Bring to a boil, reduce and let simmer for 10-15 minutes until flavors come together.
- Stir in chard and cook until just wilted.
- Serve topped with avocado and crushed corn chips if desired.