Black bean soup with salsa sofrito

  • serves 6
  • Easy

This smokey dish is packed with flavour and has a kick of red chilli. Buy chipotle peppers in adobo from specialist grocers or online at sous-chef.co.uk or mexgrocer.co.uk.



  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • onions 2, coarsely chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves, cut in half
  • oregano leaves 1 tsp
  • dried black beans 375g, but not soaked
  • chopped tomatoes 400g tin
  • red chilli flakes 1 tsp
  • cumin seeds 2 tsp, lightly toasted
  • coriander seeds ½ tsp, toasted
  • smoked paprika 2 tsp
  • vegetable stock 1 litre
  • lemon juice of ¼ of a lemon
  • soured cream or crème fraîche 100ml to serve
  • lime cut into wedges, to serve

salsa sofrito

  • chipotle chilli peppers in adobo sauce 2 tbsp, coarsely chopped or use 2 tsp chipotle paste
  • tomatoes 2 firm ripe, coarsely chopped
  • coriander 2 tbsp of coarsely chopped
  • red onion, 1 small, chopped
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed


  • Step 1

    Firstly make the salsa sofrito.

    Put all the ingredients in a bowl, mix well and leave to stand for 1 hour to allow the flavours to develop.

    Chill until needed.

  • Step 2

    For the soup, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy-based pan over a low heat.

    Add half the onion, half the garlic and the oregano and cook for 10 minutes, or until softened.

  • Step 3

    Add the beans and 1.5 litres water and bring to the boil.

    Cover the pan and simmer for 1½-2 hours, or until the beans are tender. Drain.

  • Step 4

    Meanwhile, put the remaining onion and garlic, together with the tomatoes, chilli flakes, cumin, coriander and paprika in a blender.

    Blitz until smooth. Heat another tbsp oil in a frying pan, then add the contents of the blender.

    Cook for 15–20 minutes, or until the mix has reduced and is pulpy in consistency.

    Add to the beans along with the vegetable stock, stir and simmer for 20 minutes more.

    Add the lemon juice and season if needed.

  • Step 5

    Divide the soup between bowls and serve with the sour cream or crème fraîche, the salsa and lime wedges.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 285
  • Carbs 36.6g
  • Protein 15.5g
  • Fat 5.2g
  • Salt 0.3g
  • Fibre 8.8g