I kinda regret making this today, with the humidity at 80%, but it is super cheap, super easy, and pretty delicious. And with its wholesome list of beans, tomatoes, corn, lime juice and cilantro, it fits the nutrition bill too! It can also be vegetarian or vegan depending on the broth and additives you choose.
This comes in under $3 for the pot, and will feed our family of three for at least 2 meals. Whoever said eating beans was cheap, was right on!
Black Bean Soup
1 onion, diced
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp chili powder
1 green pepper, diced
1 tbsp garlic, crushed (1 large or 2 medium cloves)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 cup fresh, frozen or canned corn niblets
2 cups chicken or veggie broth
juice of 1 lime
Toppings (optional, depending on what you have on hand)
shredded cheddar cheese
crushed corn chips
Heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add diced onion and chili powder and cook until onion is soft. Add green pepper and cook until onion is somewhat browned. Add minced garlic and stir until fragrant (30 seconds). Add tomatoes, beans, corn and broth. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes until tomatoes start to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice. Serve with toppings on the side so everyone can add what they want. This would be delightful with quesadillas or toast, depending on what kind of day you’re having.