Hearty homemade black bean soup with quinoa

Hearty homemade black bean soup with quinoa

This Hearty homemade black bean soup with quinoa is a soup that will definitely taste homemade. You will truly be amazed by what you can make from a simple bag of dried black beans.

I’ll show you how easy it is to make this hearty homemade black bean soup with quinoa at home. This soup is so warm and comforting! You’re going to love it! How can you go wrong with a black bean soup made from scratch?

This yummy soup is simply made from a bag of dried beans, homemade vegetable stock, onions, tomatoes, peppers, a squeeze of lime, and lots of cilantro. It’s made with really healthy ingredients. This soup even has quinoa to make this homemade black bean soup a hearty one.

city foodie farm hearty black bean soup with quinoa

With this black bean soup recipe, I did make my own veggie stock, which I’ll show you exactly how to make. If you have limited time, the veggie stock can be substituted for store-bought stock if needed. You can also make the veggie stock ahead of time, and freeze it so it’s ready for future soups like this.

If you want to cook with me you can follow along with my Black Bean Soup Video on youtube.

Let’s get started…

Keep in mind with this homemade black bean soup you must plan ahead because you’ll need to soak your dried beans overnight. So before you go to bed, dump your beans in a big bowl and add enough water to cover your beans. That way when you wake up they will be ready.

dried black beans soaking for black bean soup

What you’ll need for your vegetable stock:

•1 onion

•1 leek (optional)

•4 carrots

•4 celery stalks (leaves ok)



•1 bay leaf


What you’ll need for this soup:

•1 bag of dried black beans-soak the night before

•1 yellow onion-diced

•2 peppers (Red & Yellow)-diced

•1 jalapeño- diced (remove seeds)

•fresh tomatoes 1/2 cup -diced

•Olive oil to saute your veggies

•3 cloves of garlic- minced

•1 bunch of cilantro -chopped-use in soup and as a garnishment

•1 lime (squeeze of half a lime) use the rest for a garnishment

•Chili powder 1 1/2 teaspoons (or season to taste)

•Cumin 1 1/2 teaspoons (or season to taste)


Toppings for your soup:

•Cheese – We love it with queso fresco or shredded cheddar cheese



•Green onions


Making the Vegetable stock:

Grab your stockpot and begin filling it. Add 1 quartered onion, 1 leek, celery stalks (leaves welcomed), carrots, and 1 bay leaf. Next, fill up your stockpot halfway. Roughly 10-12 cups. Cook on med-low for roughly 1 hour 30 mins. You will need about 8 cups of stock for your soup.

ingredients for veggie stock simmering away
Vegetable stock

Making Veggie Stock is similar to making Chicken Stock. You can find more on this blog post here 👉🏻How to Make Chicken Stock.

Making your black bean soup:

Start by prepping your onions, peppers, and garlic. Dice them up and put them on a plate.

diced peppers, onions, garlic and jalapino -ingredients for black bean soup

Now grab another pot that is big enough to hold 8 cups of soup, and drizzle in some olive oil to sauté your veggies. Start with onions and add a dash of salt and pepper with each vegetable you add. Next, you’ll add some diced tomatoes. For this batch, I ended up using some frozen tomatoes from the garden. You’ll need roughly 1/2 cup.

Now, go ahead and dump your beans in a strainer and give them one last rinse before adding them to the pot.

peppers and black beans- ingredients for black bean soup

Now it’s time to add your vegetable stock. I poured the stock through a Chinois strainer, measured 8 cups, and added it to the pot.

Let it cook on low for 2-3 hours. Then use a stick blender, stick it in your soup, and blend on low until you have some beans and some liquid—a good balance.

Now you’re ready to add your seasoning. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin and 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder. And add a dash of salt and pepper and a pile of cilantro. Season to taste. If it needs more seasoning add it! I usually don’t measure just go by taste 😁

Your beans should be soft at this point. Continue to cook on low. Add 1/4 cup quinoa and continue to cook for another hour on low. You are adding salt to taste and a squeeze of half a lime. And another pile of cilantro. Give it one last taste and see if it’s ready to serve.

Big pot of black bean soup simmering away on the stove

Get your toppings ready. This soup tastes great with some queso fresco and cilantro. Or even some cheddar cheese and tortilla chips. It’s so warm and comforting!! Plus its kiddo approved! I hope you enjoy this soup just as much as us!

black bean soup topped with queso fresco cheese and cilantro

If you love soup like me, you can find more soup recipes below or on my Youtube Channel.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Potato and Zucchini Soup

Tortilla Soup

Vegetable Soup with Dumplings

Bon appétit,



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