Black Bean Soup


A savory favorite from Mark Miller, founder of the Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is about as southwest as it gets.

Ingredients:

1 lb. dried black beans
1 tsp. cumin seed
1 tsp. coriander seed
1 tsp. Mexican oregano
1/2 large Spanish onion
4 large garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
2 jalapenos – cut lengthwise
1 bunch cilantro
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1-1/2 tsp. whole peppercorns
6 quarts water [PLEASE NOTE – THIS AMOUNT IS VERBATIM FROM THE BOOK – OTHER REFERENCES INDICATE 6-7 CUPS. THE AMOUNT SHOWN MAY BE A MISPRINT]
1/2 cup tomato puree
1-1/2 tsp. salt

Preparation:

Wash the beans well in a colander and pick out any foreign particles.

Roast the cumin, coriander and Mexican oregano together in a small, dry cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Do not scorch. Grind in mortar. Tie together with onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, bay leaves, thyme and peppercorns in a cheesecloth. Place in stock pot and simmer for 15 minutes in the water.

Add the beans, tomato puree and salt to the water. Simmer very low for three hours until the beans are tender but not mushy. Add more water if necessary. Remove the cheesecloth bag.

To make a thicker soup, puree 1-1/2 cups beans and stir back into the soup.

Serves 6.


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3 thoughts on “Black Bean Soup

  1. I made this from the Coyote Cafe cookbook as described here. I ended up with 5 quarts of black bean-flavored broth. Made a note to try reducing to 4 quarts of water. Just finished it and it still looks more like a broth with a few black beans floating around in the bowl. I think this must have been an error in the original cookbook – maybe 6 cups instead of 6 quarts?

    • Interesting, James. I have not had the issue you’ve described the few times I’ve made it. I’ll need to investigate. You have the original printing? Best- Mike

  2. OK, I got sidetracked for a couple weeks, but I have confirmed that other reprints of this recipe indicate 6-7 CUPS, not QUARTS. So, thank you James for bringing this to my attention. It appears that we were both misinformed by a misprint in the original edition. Peace ~ Mike

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