Monday, March 11, 2013

Smoky Black Bean Soup - Secret Recipe Club

My favorite blog post of the month is always my Secret Recipe Club reveal! It's fun to share the recipe of the blogger I was assigned and always a great surprise to find out who had my blog!!! This month I was assigned, Learning Patience. Corey calls Trinidad home! How amazing is that??!!

 Usually when I visit my assigned blog for the first time, I read through lots of recipes before deciding on the one to make. The recipe I chose from Corey's blog was one of the first recipes I read, I knew immediately, I wanted to try it.  The Smoky Black Bean Soup contains lots of our favorites; chicken sausage, quinoa and black beans.  I am not sure if it was the chipotle peppers or the chicken sausage but this soup was really spicy.  The flavor is delicious and hearty.  If you prefer a less spicy dish, you could easily tame it down by using less peppers.  Speaking of peppers, does anyone know a good way to mince the canned chipotle peppers?  Even with the sharpest of knives, I always seem to smash them more than mince them.

Smoky Black Bean Soup with Chicken Sausage and Quinoa
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 package pre-cooked spicy chicken sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 2 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 canned chipotle chili in adobo sauce, minced
  • ½ bottle beer
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • Salt
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Toppings
  • sour cream
  • lime zest
  1. First, start cooking quinoa in chicken broth in a saucepan – bring to a boil and reduce with a lid on to simmer for about 17 min.
  2. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add sausage in a single layer; cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Turn and cook 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
  3. Add onion and bell pepper to pan; saute until soft.
  4. Add garlic, cumin and oregano and onion powder; saute 1 minute more.
  5. Stir in beans, broth and chipotle; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer.
  6. Add lime juice, honey and beer and let simmer.
  7. Add cooked quinoa and let simmer on low for another 4 minutes.
  8. Add sausage and stir.
  9. Serve and top with lime zest and sour cream.
I am linking this to On The Menu Monday, Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday and Foodie Friday.


  1. Sounds like a very hearty soup:@)

  2. Glad you liked the soup. Mincing the peppers is always messy. :-) I have found recently that different brands of the peppers are more or less spicy...

    xoxo from Trinidad

  3. Sounds delicious...perfect as this last (?) storm moves through!

  4. Yum! I love spicy chili and this looks great! Great SRC choice!
    Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair.

  5. Sounds delicious--I always like a spicy chili. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Ohhhh, I'm all over this spicy black bean soup! What a tempting layering of flavors all in one pot.

  7. I was recently looking for a black bean soup, this looks great just not sure my kids would eat it.

  8. I admit. I've never made black bean soup. But now, I will! Fabulous!!!

  9. Looks like a fantastic twist on the classic black bean soup - might have to give this a go!

  10. Sounds delish! Black beans are a favorite at my house....have to give this a try!

  11. I love really spicy soups, this would be a winner in my home. As far as chopping the peppers, I generally just use the pulse on my food processor. Not the prettiest dice but it gets the job done.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group 'A' SRC entry Loaded Potato Soup.


  12. Yum! I love soup and this one looks like it's got a delicious kick to it! Great SRC choice.

  13. It looks like something I would love to have in front of me right now!

  14. OMG! This looks amaaaazing!!!! I never would have thought to put Chicken Sausage in here. Saving this one to make before the weather gets warmer :) Stopping by from group A SRC...! <3 Beth

  15. Yum! This sounds so good. Great choice. I'm a fellow SRC member, group D

  16. This sounds wonderful! Those chipotle peppers can be very spicy and they are not easy to chop. This soup would certainly warm you up on a cold night.

  17. Hi Julie,
    Have a great St. Patrick's Day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  18. I love black beans, and that looks amazing!

  19. This soup looks great! Especially since they're calling for "wintry mix" tonight - what happened to warming up!?


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