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Two Peas and Their Pod: Black Bean and Sweet Corn Soup with Cilantro and Lime

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Black Bean and Sweet Corn Soup with Cilantro and Lime

I am so happy soup season is here! Soup is the perfect comfort food on a chilly fall day. I always make a big pot so we can have leftovers and freeze some for later. This weekend I made Black Bean and Sweet Corn Soup with Cilantro and Green Chiles.

In the summer, we froze some sweet corn when it was at it's peak. I took some out of the freezer and added it to my black bean soup. I also stirred in cilantro, green chiles, diced tomatoes, spices, and fresh lime juice. This soup is great on it's own, but even better with toppings. I cut up corn tortillas and baked them in the oven. They are crisp and so much better for you than fried tortillas:) I also set out Pepper Jack cheese, cilantro, lime wedges, and avocado slices.

Josh has been working very hard on our basement remodel project. We dug out window wells, added new big windows for extra light, and now Josh is busy sheet rocking, dry walling, painting, etc. It is a disaster downstairs, so I stay upstairs in the kitchen and cook/bake for my handsome, handy husband. It is my contribution:)

Josh doesn't like to take breaks, he is a hard worker, but he did stop to eat a big bowl of my black bean soup. I had all of the fixings ready for him to pile on. He said the soup hit the spot! I am glad he approved.

Black Bean and Sweet Corn Soup with Cilantro and Lime

(Printable Recipe)

1 T olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cups sweet corn (ours was frozen, no need to thaw)
1 small jalepeno, minced
1 can diced green chiles
4 cans diced tomatoes (I use low sodium)
4 cans black beans, rinsed and drained (I use low sodium)
3 cans vegetable broth (I use low sodium)
2 T chile powder
1 1/2 T cumin
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Juice from 1 lime

Tortilla strips
Pepper Jack cheese
Avocado slices
Lime wedges

1. In a large soup pot heat olive oil. Add in onion and cook until tender.
2. Add in garlic. Cook for 2 minutes and add in green pepper.
3. Stir in sweet corn, jalepeno, green chiles. Stir and let cook for about 5 minutes.
4. Stir in tomatoes and black beans. Next, add the vegetable broth. Stir in the spices, cilantro, and salt/pepper. Squirt in the fresh lime juice.
5. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
6. Taste, you might need to add more seasoning. I always end up adding a few extra dashes of chile powder and cumin.
7. Serve hot. If you want to add toppings, go for it. It makes the soup even better!

If you like this soup, you might also like:

Black Bean and Rice Soup with Lime and Cilantro from Kalyn's Kitchen
Black Bean and Quinoa Chili from Closet Cooking
Black Bean Chipotle Soup from A Good Appetite
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup from Two Peas and Their Pod

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Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

OMG! Where where WHERE did you find those individual soup pots? I really want to make french onion soup, but I won't make it until I find some cute bowls to serve it in! ;)

5:12 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

This looks delish! I love that you used the tortilla strips on top. I love that.

5:24 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

This sounds wonderful Maria, I am totally saving this to try!

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Elle said...

We love soup, too! It's so hearty, and you can make a huge pot and have great leftovers. I love the flavors in this--especially the fresh corn you saved!

6:25 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

This soup looks delicious! I love soup weather! Great idea to bake the corn tortilla strips!

6:26 AM  
Blogger tspegar said...

oooh i love a good black bean soup! i will try this very soon! looks great!

6:37 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Totally the kind of soup we like around our house too. When Josh is done with your basement we could use a little help on ours ;)

6:41 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Your soup sounds delicious and I'm with you, glad it's soup season! I cant wait to try this with the lime and cilantro. Two of my favorite flavors.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A very flavorful soup! It looks delicious!



7:00 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

This looks great! I love black bean soup.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Your soup looks wonderful! Good luck with the basement remodel - it sounds like quite a project!

7:17 AM  
Blogger The Active Foodie said...

I'm so excited soup season is here just have to wait for the weather to cool down here. The soup looks delicious, I love the flavors!

7:35 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Looks great! I was planning on making black bean soup this week too! Love love baking up my tortillas- they have that great crunch without the oil yuckiness

8:00 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

I'm totally impressed you guys are doing all the basement work yourselves!!! WOW! I wish I had skills like that! I'd be good at baking up tasty treats for break time :) Your soup looks great!

8:29 AM  
Blogger Kalyn said...

It does sound tasty! I can't wait to see the basement. Your house is so cute, I know it will be nice.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

what a coinkidink--black beans, corn, cilantro, and lime are ingredients that make the finest savory combination i've ever known. great soup. the end.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

What a lovely soup! This is definitely worthy of a basement remodel break!

9:51 AM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

Hooray for soup weather! What a great reward soup for your hard-working hubbie.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Carrian said...

I'm in such a soupy mood this week and this picture just made it worse!! Now I really am hungry!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Esi said...

I love black beans and the toppings are great!

10:17 AM  
Blogger Katherine Aucoin said...

This would certainly warm me up on a cold day!

10:17 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

just reading the title of this post made my mouth water. all my favorite ingredients right there!

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Well, we were certainly on the same crunchy topping wavelength too! Very comforting looking soup—can't wait to try it out.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Kristina said...

I think sweet corn makes just about anything better but that is one good looking soup! I'm going to have to try it.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Ohh my gosh I cannot wait to make this, I have a ton of corn I cut off the cob and froze over the summer!

11:53 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I just made black bean soup too. Your version looks delicious and healthy too.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Tiffiny Felix said...

I love soup, and I break the rules all the time and make it during the summer, too :) Good luck on your project! We just finished our is *so* messy, but *so* worth it! :)

1:11 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

I need to make this right now, while my husband is out of town (he's in Utah!), he thinks he doesn't care for soup, doesn't fill him up enough. I love soups. I freeze sweet corn, too. All I need is some cilantro. Gotta run--to the store. ;) (I'm not kidding.)

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The soup sounds and looks yummy! I can't to see how the basement turns out.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Kymmie's Cakes said...

Hmmmm! Looks super yummy. I might have to try it this weekend. i made a Chicken tortilla soup this weekend. It was good but I wished it some veggies in it. I think you soup looks perfect!

3:48 PM  
Blogger Sook the Cook said...

Mmm... now that fall is here, I'm always looking for great, warm soup recipes. This one looks wonderful!

4:21 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I love freezing soup too. How smart that you froze corn this year! The soups sounds great!

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to make this. Our weather is turning hot again. I know exactly what I will be making once it cools off again.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous angela@spinachtiger said...

This is perfect for this time of year.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

sounds fabulous!

9:04 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

"I said what I meant and I meant what I said" (What Dr. Seuss book?)
I went to the store, grabbed cilantro and an avacado and made this soup last night. It's delish. I followed it mostly and also added some cooked chicken to bump up the protein a little. And I even made my own tortilla strips as you suggested. All GREAT! Loved it!

6:22 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Katrina-I am so glad you loved the soup! Thanks for letting me know you tried it.

6:48 AM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

This sounds so hearty and delicious! I love the cilantro and lime in there - they would go perfectly with the black beans.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Yum, great flavour combo!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

I love the combination of black beans and corn. This soup looks fantastic!

I also want some of that bundt cake. MMM.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

What a wonderful looking soup! The combinations you are using are perfect together.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Chez Us said...

Maria, this looks and sounds amazing, we love beans and especially black beans and doesn't lime just go hand in hand!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I want to much on those chips at the top.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Delicious, hearty and I love the mexican undertones!

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Dana said...

I could eat soup everyday and that type is one of my favorites. I love providing garnishes for people to add to their own taste. Yum! You are lucky to have a handy husband. Mine is good at many things but he is NOT handy.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Mmmmm,until I started blogging I didn't even know I liked black beans. Did I say like? I meant love! Okay seriously the whole thing looks and sounds like a soup I'd love!

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Bren said...

this works year round! great soup for chili nights. love it.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Looks yummy. I love cilantro and lime with beans.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

This looks so flavorful! I love cumin in black bean soup and this version looks fantastic!

2:23 PM  
Blogger Peter M said...

We need more cumin in our food! It's soup season here and you've combined taste with a healthwise soup.

5:50 AM  

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