Mexican bean soup with shredded chicken & lime

Mexican bean soup with shredded chicken & lime

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(25 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2

Use leftover chicken breast in this substantial healthy soup. Alternatively, make the recipe vegetarian by topping with chunky, fresh guacamole

Nutrition and extra info

  • soup only
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal378
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre12g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil
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    Rapeseed oil

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  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



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  • 1 red pepper, cut into chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400g can black beans
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • 1 cooked skinless chicken breast, about 125g, shredded
  • handful chopped coriander
  • 1 lime, juiced



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  • ½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a medium pan, add the onion and pepper, and fry, stirring frequently, for 10 mins. Stir in the garlic and spices, then tip in the tomatoes and beans with their liquid, half a can of water and the bouillon powder. Simmer, covered, for 15 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, tip the chicken into a bowl, add the coriander and lime juice with a little chilli (if using, or see tip below for guacamole alternative) and toss well. Ladle the soup into two bowls, top with the chicken and serve.

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27th Jun, 2020
I made it with some bacon instead of chicken and it was great!
Frantic Flapjack
18th Sep, 2018
This tasted lovely. It was quite a thick soup - more like a stew. I had it on its own. My husband with shredded chicken. We both enjoyed it very much.
9th Jan, 2017
Tasty, healthy and quick. I added quinoa to bulk it out which meant it needed to simmer for a little longer, it was quite filling!
7th Jan, 2017
Truly delicious and really simple to make. If you're a chilli wimp (like me!) even 2 teaspoons of mild chilli powder makes it quite spicy - although I note that others have put more spice in, so maybe it's just me! I made the guacamole version and offered a little soured cream to smooth out the heat which worked nicely!
6th Jan, 2017
Tasty, filling and really easy to make, not a lot more you could ask for from a recipe!
4th Jan, 2017
I made this as part of the 2017 healthy eating plan and it was really easy. Rather cheekily I made both the shredded chicken and the avocado salsa options to go with it and these together with the soup honestly are a real winner! I appreciate doing this changes the calorie count though. I did add a little more of the spices to the onions and peppers but then I enjoy spicy food. I will be making this one regularly as, once you have the spices in your cupboard, it's a low cost meal that goes far.
1st Jan, 2017
I made this yesterday to great acclaim from my husband. The bare recipe didn't seem quite as tasty as I would have liked, so I added a little cinnamon, more ground coriander, a sprinkling of basil, enough runny honey to take away the 'sour' taste of tomatoes (my husband doesn't like it) and a sprinkling of ras-el-hanout (Seasoned Pioneers in little foil pack). It was truly delicious and will become a regular on our menu.
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Helen Vines
28th Mar, 2020
The sugars in this recipe are quite high. I can’t work out where they come from in the ingredients. How can you reduce sugars in this instance?
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