Blender Black Bean Soup Recipe

One of my easiest recipes yet, you’ll want to make this Blender Black Bean Soup Recipe again and again, especially on busy nights!

One of my easiest recipes yet, you'll want to make this Blender Black Bean Soup again and again!

I’m so excited to share this black bean soup with you today! It has to be one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever written, and you know I’m all about easy! I don’t know why I haven’t made this blender soup recipe sooner. I literally had the ingredients on my counter for about two weeks before I got around to making it. Now that I tried it, I think it will be my go-to meal for those extra-weary days. Before I get to the recipe, I want to tell you (in a very roundabout way) why I’m a day behind in posting this.

Blogging is such a weird job. For one thing, no one knows what it is really, and they definitely don’t consider it a real job. “You can make money doing that?” is the most common response I get when I say it’s my business. Since it’s not the most respected “profession,” I always feel lame saying that I have to work as a reason I can’t do things with friends or volunteer at school. I get a little tired of defending myself, explaining that I have actual deadlines and sponsors and readers to answer to. What’s even more frustrating about that situation is that it’s actually a pretty hard job!

Why is blogging hard?

If you think of it as cooking, taking pictures, and writing, well then it doesn’t sound like much. That’s only scraping the surface of what a food blogger does though. For me, staying creative and thinking of recipe ideas week after week is a challenge, although that’s not true for everyone. There’s also all the marketing, graphic design, and technology that go into creating and maintaining a blog, which could each be their own job. I’m so thankful for my assistant to help me with social media, but many bloggers are trying to do everything on their own. Many of us have kids at home, so we only have a few hours during the day to work (if that). Then we have to catch up in the evenings. Who needs sleep when there is work to be done?

I’m not even complaining about my job, more just about the lack of recognition from people who don’t get it. Yesterday I spent the better part of the day moving recipes over from one system to the other. It’s a tedious job that I started over a year ago, but I just hadn’t had/made time to finish it. I’m working with an SEO advisor to help me do better in search engines, and he recommended I get this done ASAP. That was several hours of extra work that I needed to squeeze in somehow.

Meanwhile, either because I was working on all those recipes or because I have no flippin’ idea why, I started having database problems that caused my site to crash for a few seconds at a time here and there. I guess I needed to find time to figure that out too. Then, I got an email saying a sponsor needed to postpone the post that I planned to publish, which meant that I suddenly didn’t have a recipe to share. Ugh. Then, my work time was suddenly over. I had to drop everything to pick up my kid and take him to swimming!

One of my easiest recipes yet, you'll want to make this Blender Black Bean Soup again and again!

Anyway, that’s why I didn’t post this black bean soup recipe yesterday. I had to scramble to get it done because my other post was cancelled, all while trying to take care of my boys and keep my blog afloat (which was completely down this morning, making me fall farther behind).

I’m not sure what other person singlehandedly creates content, markets it, and keeps a website up and running except a blogger. The fact that many of us are also moms with young families to take care of makes it all the more challenging. This job is no joke, y’all! So, the next time your favorite blogger seems to be running behind on posts or a real-life blogging friend says he/she can’t go to lunch with you because of work, please remember this story. It’s not laziness or lack of commitment. There just aren’t enough hours in a day to get it all done!

Um, can we talk about this perfect soup recipe?

One of my easiest recipes yet, you'll want to make this Blender Black Bean Soup again and again!

Oh right! I’m telling you about your new favorite soup! Speaking of being low on time, this blender soup is seriously about the best fast dinner I can think of, and it tastes so good! I’m going to start keeping beans, tomatoes, and chicken broth in my pantry at all times (like they aren’t already in there). Then I’ll never have an excuse for not making dinner. It takes less than five minutes to prep this soup, and then you can heat it as long or as short as you like. Mix it up and pour it into the slow cooker in the morning, or blend and heat for 15 minutes before serving. Either way works!

I like topping mine with sour cream or plain yogurt. Crushed chips are a nice addition too. You really can’t go wrong with this soup recipe. If I were you, I’d treat myself to a fresh margarita to go with it too. You’ll be glad you did!

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One of my easiest recipes yet, you'll want to make this Blender Black Bean Soup again and again!

Blender Black Bean Soup Recipe

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One of my easiest recipes yet, you’ll want to make this Blender Black Bean Soup again and again, especially on busy nights!

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3 cans black beans (15 oz. each) drained
  • 10 ounces Ro-Tel tomatoes undrained
  • 1 cup chicken broth (use vegetable broth if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspon kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. Cover and blend for approximately 20 seconds or until smooth.
  2. Pour into a soup pot and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. You could also heat it on the lowest setting in a slow cooker until ready to serve.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20

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Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

17 comments

Tara Kelly
6 years ago

I love the taste of black beans. I have tried it in other forms but your recipe sounds unique. Plus its easy and quick to make. I was planning to make it tomorrow but I don’t have canned beans and tomatoes. If I use boiled black beans instead of canned ones and fresh tomatoes instead of canned Ro Tel tomatoes, would the recipe still work fine?

Kristyn
8 years ago

What a good idea for a fast dinner! Can’t wait to try this out!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thanks so much, Kristyn!

Heather | Heather Likes Food
8 years ago

Love this idea! It sounds delicious!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thanks, Heather!

Cathy Trochelman
8 years ago

YES to all of this! I can relate on so many levels…..so much to do, never enough hours in the day, family to take care of, and no one ever seems to understand. Can I have a bowl of soup now???

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Soup will make it all OK. Not really, but it helps. xoxo

Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen
8 years ago

I feel like you’re reading my mind with this post, Andi! It is so hard to explain to people what we do, and no matter how hard I try, I feel like I just sound silly. But with all the work that goes into running a blog, it is anything BUT silly and the work is never-ending. At least when the days are long and crazy, there are recipes like this one to turn to! I love black bean soup but have never made it at home before. With any easy recipe like this one, though, I think this would be a go-to for me as well!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

At least we have each other, Ashlyn. You have your hands doubly full with your move coming up. Hang in there! And try the soup! xo

Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
8 years ago

I have an assistant. She already made a comment here on my behalf and then sent me this post to read. She thought I could resonate with what you had written. She was right. It made me cry because you said exactly what I feel. Even today, while I sat in my accountant’s office to deal with my taxes because I am a business and those gov’t forms are just more than I want to deal with, I felt awkward explaining it all, like I don’t have a real job, like I used to when I was a teacher. But I think I work harder and longer now than I did then. I am tired of people thinking this isn’t a real profession. There is no clock to punch. In two years I have not once gone to bed thinking, “well, I wrapped up today nicely, nothing more that needed to be done” because the nature of this business is there is always something to be done. Therefore it’s just finding a stopping point. I shouldn’t use your comment space to pour out my ramblings, so I apologize, but I get it. I understand exactly how you feel, where you are coming from. Thank you for writing it all out and making me feel better.

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Hi, Michelle! I’m so sorry it has taken me so long to reply. Replying to commenting is one of the things I tend to get very behind on! I’m glad this post hit home with you and that you can relate, although I didn’t mean to make you cry! I completely agree that I never feel done. Even if I have the week’s posts done ahead of time, which actually never happens, I always have old posts or design tweaks or social shares or unanswered emails, or SOMETHING else I need to be doing. Oh, and this comment space is the PERFECT place to talk this out. I’m so happy to have you weigh in! xoxo

Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
8 years ago

I felt like I was reading my own thoughts about my website too. It is a lot of work. I am running a website! I feel ya. You are doing a great job, keep it up. :)

Katerina @ Diethood
8 years ago

I love explaining what I do. NOT! People look at me as if I have a third eye. :-D
Soup in a blender is beyond genius! This is a perfect recipe for busy weeknights!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

At least we have each other! I’d go crazy without blogging friends. Thank you, Katerina!

Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen
8 years ago

Amen Sister! I go through this same scenario on a daily basis. I never have time to get it all done. It’s the social networks that take the most time for me. I don’t have an assistant yet. One Day! One Day!
And this soup looks like perfect comfort soup!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Having an assistant has been a major quality of life improvement, but there’s still always more to do than I have time for. Hang in there. You’re doing an awesome job, Chandra!! xo

Ginny
8 years ago

I know your young yet but take it from an older adult you worry too much. The most important thing is to do the best you can . you only have to please one, that is God. If your doing your best don’t let other people make you feel guilty. Just smile at them and say your doing your best and walk away. You will become way less uptight. And you will be able to sleep at night. Love you little girl.

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