Black Bean and Green Chili Soup

It has been so cold here this week that I have been wanting to make some warm soups to take to work for lunch. Salad just doesn’t cut it in this cold weather! And when I say “cold,” I mean California-cold, which would be laughable to most people who don’t live in the Golden state, but I’ve lived here most of my life and am therefore a complete baby when it comes to harsh weather. So I’m sticking with my story, and saying it is “cold” in Northern California right now.

I wanted to make an easy soup with few ingredients that would be filling enough to have as an entire meal. So this is what I came up with and it was delicious! It may not look very pretty, but trust me, it tastes pretty.

What you need-

– 1 large onion, chopped

– 3 garlic cloves, chopped

– 2 tbsp olive oil

– 2 tbsp. cumin

– salt and pepper to taste

– 3 large tomatoes, chopped (canned tomatoes would work too)

– 2 cans of black beans, drained

– 1 4-6oz can green chilies

– 3 cups of chicken or vegetable stock

– Cilantro and sour cream for garnish

This soup is so easy. Just saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil until the onions  start to turn clear. Add cumin and salt and pepper. Then add the broth, tomatoes, black beans and green chilies. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with sour cream and fresh cilantro. Enjoy!

The broth is kind of an ugly green color from the chilies but don’t let that trick you. It’s delicious and perfect for a cold day.

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