Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

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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.

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

5 from 2 votes


  • 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. **

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Black bean soup is one of my favorites! I love the addition of sweet potatoes!

    Looks delicious!

  2. black beans and sweet potatoes just sing together! yum ๐Ÿ™‚ and i’ll be with you in the kitchen instead of on the slopes!

  3. 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!

  4. Very colorful soup. I still love soup in the middle of the summer. I’ve been wanting to make some yogurt too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 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!

  6. I’m not a fan of skiing or snowboarding either. You soup looks wonderful, girl! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. this soup sounds wonderful…I think it might be the one I try this sunday! thanks for your guest post, maria! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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…

  13. 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!

  14. that looks delicious! I love b-nut squash and beans together in a soup form!! ๐Ÿ™‚ it is also beaitiful!

  15. i’d love to come home to this after a day of falling on my tush. ๐Ÿ™‚ love the colors and flavors, maria–well done!

  16. 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……………

  17. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

  20. 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? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. 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:)

  21. Ooh I think I have all the ingredients. I should make this for dinner. It’s so very cold over here right now… ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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.

  25. I love soup…I’d eat it every meal of every day if it wasn’t a freakish thing to do ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks delicious–I love all these flavors, especially the cumin. Yum!

  26. I love how you combine ingredients that I would never have thought of! This looks wonderful!

  27. Sounds great! I’m no big skier either. I like to cross-country, but I’m scared of downhill. This is likely the result of my hair getting caught in a ski lift as a kid!

  28. We grow sweet potatoes and they are the best in soup and chilies. So glad my kids eat them.

    And SO nice to meet you (through Amy J!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. This is just lovely! I love flavor combinations you’ve used here. And I agree, I’d rather stay inside and be warm too ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Oh, I bet the sweet potato is wonderful in this! One of your other black bean soups has been a go-to for me, so I can’t wait to try this one!

  31. I love black bean soup… and the addition of sweet potato is brilliant. I will definitely be giving this one a try.

  32. We love black bean soup and the added sweet potato sounds so good! Just found a pizza that had black beans sprinkled on top which sounded so good to me!!!

  33. Black beans and sweet potatoes are one of my favorite combinations! Similarly, black beans and winter squash are great together too (I acutally usually use winter squash in place of sweet potatoes to save calories, but both are delicious!)

  34. This looks fabulous! I love black beans and sweet potatoes and am now actually happy it’s cold and rainy out so I have an excuse to make this soup! Glad I found your blog via This Week for Dinner … look forward to more recipes.

  35. I made this last night. It was so delicious and I was shocked that I had every single ingredient on hand!

    I had just returned from a road trip and was so hungry — i wanted something warm, healthy and filling. It was perfect. I topped with fresh cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.

    Best part about it? Since there are only two of us I have leftovers for lunch today!

    Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!

  36. Made a batch of this over the weekend. Turned out great! I went with 5 cloves of garlic instead of 2, but I’m a garlic fiend. I added a little more chili powder too, but I eat a lot of spicy food. This is definitely getting into my regular rotation of soups.

  37. I bet this tastes so incredible! There’s nothing better than a fall-flavored soup on a chilly day, and this will be just the ticket for dinner this week. Thanks for sharing, Josh and Maria!

  38. I made this last night..Added an extra sweet potato, and put in only 2 cans of tomatoes instead of 3 (and it was more than enough). In afterthought, I would have added another can of black beans. I topped it with a little sprinkling of cheese and a handful of chopped cilantro. This was absolutely amazing!!! Very filling, inexpensive, and healthy.

    My boyfriend who does not really like sweet potatoes had a whopping four bowls and said it was the best soup he had ever tasted…and he loves soups.
    Thank you!

  39. I made this tonight, forgetting the cumin and chili powder and it was delicious! It totally impressed my guest and made me look like a great cook. Not bad, considering I forgot two spices…. Wonderful recipe; thank you for sharing!

  40. I made this last night and it was sooooo good! Even my friend who, as a rule, never gets a second serving, went back for more!!

  41. Just made this soup tonight. I was completely wowed by how much it made, and am looking forward to hearty and delicious leftovers all week! I topped it with a big dollop of Greek yogurt and was SO glad I did! Thanks for a great recipe!

  42. I guess I am the only disappointed mom here. The taste was good but it was way too spicy for my little ones! I love spicy but this would have resulted in tears if they ate it! Going to use less chili powder next time and 1 or 2 cans tomatoes without chilis. Maybe I’ll get lucky with the next batch.

  43. I LOVE this soup! Such a great combination of flavors, plus it’s filling and healthy. I make it several times a year – tastes great right off the stove, but it also freezes well. Wish it was winter now, as it tastes even better in cold weather.

  44. 5 stars
    Delicious. Great flavor and a touch of heat. I will make this again and experiment adding other veggies (or rice) to make it even more nutritious and filling. I did reduce the liquid because it seemed too watery for my preference. I also omitted the cilantro because I don’t care for it. This makes A LOT so was able to freeze most of it for future meals.