Trader Joe's Black Bean Soup
You can make a spiced, rich, and hearty pot of black bean soup in under half an hour with a few shortcuts. Black beans are packed with fiber and protein, and this soup is a great way to get more of them in your diet!
I somehow ended up with a carton of Trader Joe's black bean soup. Straight from the carton, it lacks depth, but does have a clean flavor. Not wanting to waste food or guzzle bean water, I used it as a soup base for other tasty add-ins. Black beans and corn fix the thin texture to make a substantive meal while onion and salsa add sweetness and spice.
The neat ingredients list is one of the best parts of the soup. I hate when recipes leave me with odd leftover ingredients that just go bad. You don't completely use up salsa, but it has a long shelf life when kept in the fridge. Also, you can add it to any bland, mild foods, such as eggs, tofu scramble, or leftover rice, so you shouldn't have any trouble using it up.
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 carton (4 cups) of Trader Joe's black bean soup
- 1 can (15 ounces) of black beans, drained
- 1 can (15 ounces) of corn, drained
- ½ cup of salsa
- Heat up the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion. Stirring occasionally, saute for 3-5 minutes until golden brown.
- Add in the black beans and corn. Cook for 5-7 minutes to brown the pieces.
- Pour in the carton of soup, and simmer for 5 minutes until hot.
- Stir in the salsa.
- Serve immediately. Leftovers store well in the fridge for a few days.
- Olive oil: Used for cooking the stew. Helps mellow out the onion and toast the spices. Any sort of oil (canola, vegetable, olive) is okay.
- Onion: Adds sweetness and depth. Any color onion (red, white, yellow) is okay. Milder onions, such as spring onions or shallots, would also work. Can omit for a simpler soup, but you may want to add more salsa to make up the loss in flavor.
- Trader Joe's black bean soup: Store-bought soup base. Provides most of the thickness and flavor for very little work.
- Black beans: Adds texture to the soup. Substituting a can of any other beans would work.
- Corn: Adds texture to the soup. Substituting half a bag of frozen corn would work.
- Salsa: Adds spicy tomato flavor. Any flavor of salsa works. The salsa adds the most flavor to Trader Joe's black bean salsa, so you should look for a fairly nice salsa.
Step by Step Photos
Start by dicing an onion. The onion I had was fairly small, so I used the whole onion.
Heat up the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion. Stirring occasionally, saute for 3-5 minutes until golden brown. If you want to add spices, such as 1 teaspoon of cumin or paprika, you should do so now.
Open the can of black beans and the can of corn. If you don't have a functional can opener, please buy one. For less than $10, you don't have to whack at the can with other objects.
Canned goods come in a lot of water, which you should pour out. You can use a colander, or you can hold your hand over the can opening and then pour.
Add the black beans and corn to the pot. Cook for 5-7 minutes to brown the pieces. The black beans and corn may stick a bit to the bottom of the pot. You'll be able to scrape off this part when you add the Trader Joe's black bean soup.
Pour in the carton of soup, and simmer for 5 minutes until hot. You shouldn't add the salsa yet because cooking the salsa will dull the bright flavors.
I used some cheap, chunky salsa that looked fancier than Tostitos. Buying salsa can be intimidating because there are tons of different types. Fortunately, all of the salsa brands I've tried have been pretty tasty, so it doesn't matter which one you pick.
Stir in the 1/2 cup of salsa. You can always add more salsa if you want spicier soup.
Serve immediately. Now, the Trader Joe's black bean soup has a lot more texture and flavor. Leftovers store well in the fridge for a few days.
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