Chipotle black bean soup with lime-pickled onions

Chipotle black bean soup with lime-pickled onions

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins Plus pickling


Serves 2
Use storecupboard pulses in this healthy, Mexican-inspired soup - freshen it up with sweet onions, coriander and soured cream

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal190
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre10g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.8g
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  • juice 2 limes



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 small red onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp ground cumin
  • ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tbsp chipotle paste, or Tabasco, to taste
  • 400g can black bean, drained and rinsed
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • half-fat soured cream, to serve
  • coriander leaves, to serve
  • crisp tortilla chips, to serve


  1. To make the lime-pickled onions, combine ½ the lime juice and ½ the onions in a small bowl, and season. Leave to pickle for 30 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add the garlic and remaining onions, and season. Cook for 8 mins or until the onions are translucent. Add the spices and chipotle purée, cook for 1 min, then add the beans, stock and remaining lime juice. Simmer for 15 mins, then purée in a blender.

  3. Pour the soup into a clean pan to reheat. Serve with a little of the drained pickled onions, topped with a small drizzle of soured cream and some coriander, and the tortillas on the side.

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31st Jul, 2017
Very tasty and quick to make. Added extra homemade chipotle paste for bit more of a kick! Liked the crunch of the pickled onions.
16th Jan, 2017
Great recipe which produces a spicy, thick textured soup. If you're struggling to find black beans, check the world food section at the supermarket - Dunns River is a good brand to look out for.
1st Nov, 2016
Really yummy soup, ideal for lunch
2nd Feb, 2015
2nd Mar, 2014
The site won't let me rate this but I'd give it 3.5 stars. The lime flavour was a little overwhelming for me (maybe I had very Limey limes!) but it was quick and easy to do and I liked the pickled onions. I toned the limeness down with soured cream which went very well indeed.
1st Jul, 2013
VERY delicious! But I had to add more than 1/2 tbsp. of the spices as I like my Mexican food hot. Thank you for posting this easy and tasty recipe!
Fridays cook
4th Jun, 2013
unusual and full of flavour.
10th May, 2013
Made this tonight. Very quick to make and souper (!) tasty. The marinated onion really tops this off. Highly recommended.
30th Apr, 2013
This soup is so delicious and filling! I couldn't find black beans in my local Asda but Sainsbury's had them. I think the lime gives the soup a real lift, I will definitely be making this again, great recipe for a fasting day if you do the 5:2 diet :-)
26th Apr, 2013
Five stars!


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