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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

On Saturday, Josh went snowboarding with his friend. I wasn’t invited, not that I wanted to go, I hate the snow, cold, and scary, steep mountains:) I have tried skiing twice, but I am not a fan. I prefer to stay inside where it is warm. So I spent the day cooking and baking-that is my idea of a good time. I wanted Josh to come home to something hearty and warm, so I made a black bean sweet potato soup.

We love black bean soup at our house. We have a couple favorite recipes, but I wanted to try something new. I had a large sweet potato lying on the counter and decided to throw it into the mix. It turned out to be the shining star in this soup. It gave the soup great color, texture, taste, and added nutrients.

This soup is very filling, but in a “good for you” way. I made a large batch so we could freeze half of it for later. I am glad I did because I am already wanting more:) Josh loved it too, it was the perfect post snowboarding meal.

Also, check out our guest post on how to make yogurt at This Week For Dinner. Thanks Jane-we love your blog! Making your own yogurt is so easy, I promise. Plus, it is so good with homemade granola and you can make this fabulous pink grapefruit yogurt cake. The uses are endless. Enjoy!

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup


1 T olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 roasted red pepper, chopped (you can use jarred)
2 cans low sodium vegetable broth (15 oz. size)
2 cups water
3 cans low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
3 cans diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 T chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
Dash of red pepper flakes
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil. Add in the onion and cook until tender. Add in the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes.
2. Stir in the sweet potato and roasted red pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
3. Add in the broth, water, black beans, and tomatoes. Stir well.
4. Add the chili powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Stir and toss in the cilantro. Stir again. Let the soup simmer on medium low for 30 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are soft.
5. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

**You can garnish the soup with cilantro, avocado slices, cheese, tortilla strips, and/or sour cream. To freeze-cool completely and put the soup in freezer safe containers. **

If you like this Black Bean and Sweet Potato soup, you might also like:

Black Bean and Sweet Corn Soup with Cilantro and Lime from Two Peas and Their Pod
Black Bean Pumpkin Soup from Smitten Kitchen
Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup from Closet Cooking
Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup with Black Beans and Lime from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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88 Responses to “Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe”

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  1. Estela @ Weekly Bite — March 3, 2010 @ 4:52 am

    Black bean soup is one of my favorites! I love the addition of sweet potatoes!

    Looks delicious!

  2. Rosa — March 3, 2010 @ 5:15 am

    A lovely soup! I’d love some of that now!



  3. Shannon — March 3, 2010 @ 5:27 am

    black beans and sweet potatoes just sing together! yum :) and i’ll be with you in the kitchen instead of on the slopes!

  4. Joanne — March 3, 2010 @ 5:29 am

    I am a snowboarding/skiing scaredy-cat as well! I’m too afraid of all the thigns that could go wrong…like tearing my ACL. Then I would never be able to run again, which would be the worst thing ever. I’d much rather cook.

    This soup looks delicious!

  5. Divina — March 3, 2010 @ 6:22 am

    Very colorful soup. I still love soup in the middle of the summer. I’ve been wanting to make some yogurt too. :)

  6. Barbara Bakes — March 3, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    What a gorgeous colored soup! I’m sure it has tons of flavor too!

  7. Blond Duck — March 3, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    I love black beans and sweet potatoes. This is right up my ally!

  8. diabeticFoodie — March 3, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    This looks wonderful. For diabetics out there (and others needing nutritional info), I did a quick analysis. Assuming this recipe makes 6 servings, each serving is 282 calories, 4g fat (1g sat), 0mg cholesterol, 1729mg sodium, 51g carb, 17g fiber, 4g sugar, 15g protein. I’ll definitely be giving this a try!

  9. kat — March 3, 2010 @ 7:43 am

    I just love sweet potatoes with black beans, a perfect pair

  10. Jessica @ How Sweet — March 3, 2010 @ 7:47 am

    I’m not a fan of skiing or snowboarding either. You soup looks wonderful, girl! :)

  11. Elle — March 3, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    So pretty Sweet potato is wonderful in so many things, isn’t it?

  12. dawn — March 3, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    I would love to try this without the tomatoes though. I wonder what else I could use? I’m a huge fan of sweet potato and beans.

  13. Kalynskitchen — March 3, 2010 @ 8:42 am

    I agree with you about the use of black beans in soup; such a perfect ingredient and so many variations that can go well together. I love the addition of sweet potato.

    Believe it or not, at one time I was a skier. I won’t say I was ever one of those people who would go in any weather, but I did like it when the sun was out. Now skiing doesn’t sound nearly as fun as staying home!

  14. Pam — March 3, 2010 @ 8:53 am

    Healthy, colorful and delicious – my kind of soup!

  15. jane maynard — March 3, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    this soup sounds wonderful…I think it might be the one I try this sunday! thanks for your guest post, maria! :)

  16. Sara — March 3, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    Mmmm, I love sweet potatoes! Sounds like a great soup.

  17. Nastassia (LetMeEatCake) — March 3, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    the colors in that soup are gorgeous! i’ve never thought of adding sweet potato to my black bean soup but sounds delicious. you should enter this recipe into @SheSimmer @GourmetFury’s Beet n’ Squash you competition- this month’s veg is sweet potato!

  18. Sarah — March 3, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    Mmm. Looks delicious. I think I even have all the ingredients. I think this will be dinner tonight.

  19. Rose — March 3, 2010 @ 10:33 am

    Yum! I love sweet potatoes – such a delicious and nutritious veggie. Beautiful soup!

  20. stephchows — March 3, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    I’d love to be on the mountain for sure, but coming home to a nice warm bowl of soup sounds perfect!

  21. Kelly @ EvilShenanigans — March 3, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    Wow, how beautiful and it sounds so good!

  22. Amy(Super Healthy Kids) — March 3, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    Wow, you seriously read my mind! I have been eating sweet pototaes almost every day and the addiction keeps getting worse. They are so filling! I love this recipe! Thanks Maria…

  23. Nadia — March 3, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    I could really use a bowl of this right now!

  24. rebecca — March 3, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    wonderful soup love the colors what a good wifey u are lol

  25. Katrina — March 3, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

    Mmm, I love soup and am so bummed that my husband doesn’t care for soup. Oh well, I made chili last night anyway. Love the idea of sweet potatoes!

  26. Naomi (onefitfoodie) — March 3, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    that looks delicious! I love b-nut squash and beans together in a soup form!! :) it is also beaitiful!

  27. msmeanie — March 3, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    Lovely soup. I love sweet potato in pretty much anything. BTW..snowboarding scares me too!

  28. grace — March 3, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    i’d love to come home to this after a day of falling on my tush. :) love the colors and flavors, maria–well done!

  29. sugar plum fairy — March 3, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

    Love the sweetest love filled reason behind this cutey name that u have here…..its so so cute…..and now that have said hello to u …am going to take a Delicious stroll around ur blog and drool……
    Cheers and happy day to u……………

  30. Great looking soup…we are both on the same page! I had no idea you disliked the cold that much. Wish I could come in to your great cooking after a long day on the slopes! Josh is a lucky man :)

  31. Lynda — March 3, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    I love the idea of sweet potato in this soup. It sounds so satisfying and perfect for the rainy weather we have right now!

  32. Cookin' Canuck — March 3, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    What a colorful and healthy soup, Maria! I’m sure Josh was grateful for a bowl of this after a day of snowboarding.

  33. Dana — March 3, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    I love that combination – so hearty and yet healthy. Beautiful photo! I think soup is really hard to make look good. What on earth are you doing in Utah if you don’t like snow, cold, or skiing? :)

    • twopeas replied: — March 4th, 2010 @ 8:57 am

      Dana-I love looking at the mountains in the winter from inside..ha! I do like snowshoeing and I love hiking in the spring, summer, and fall:)

  34. Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes — March 3, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

    Ooh I think I have all the ingredients. I should make this for dinner. It’s so very cold over here right now… :)

  35. Angela@SpinachTiger — March 3, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

    Sweet potato and black beans are a great marriage. Would be good with a little yogurt in it too. I read our yogurt post and I’m persuaded to get a yogurt maker now.

  36. Kerstin — March 3, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

    What a hearty and comforting soup! I love sweet potatoes and black beans together, so this is right up my alley – yum!

  37. Manggy — March 4, 2010 @ 2:12 am

    Yay for trying new things! I am always in the mood for a good, hearty bean soup :)

  38. Rachel (S[d]OC) — March 4, 2010 @ 7:52 am

    I love black bean soup, but it can get a little flat at times. The addition of sweet potatoes is brilliant. I will definitely want to try this.

  39. Tiffiny Felix — March 4, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    I love soup…I’d eat it every meal of every day if it wasn’t a freakish thing to do :) This looks delicious–I love all these flavors, especially the cumin. Yum!

  40. Mary — March 4, 2010 @ 9:39 am

    It looks wonderful, Maria. Such a warming treat to come home to. I’m sure he loved it.

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