Spicy chilli bean soup

Spicy chilli bean soup

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(35 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
There's minimal prep time to make this hearty vegetarian stew, which works just as well as an easy dinner or packed in a flask for lunch

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal157
  • fat4g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre9g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



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  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 400g can mixed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red pepper, cut into chunky dice
  • tortilla chips, to serve
  • 4 limes wedges, to serve



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  1. Heat the oil in a deep saucepan and fry the chopped onion over a medium heat until tender. Add the garlic and tomato purée, stirring for 1-2 mins until combined. Sprinkle in the spices and cook for another 1 min.

  2. Tip in the chopped tomatoes, half fill the can with water, and add to the pan. Pour in the stock and simmer on a medium heat for 10-15 mins, uncovered. Season, then whizz using a hand blender until smooth. Add the beans and red pepper, and cook for another 15 mins until the pepper is tender.

  3. Serve in bowls topped with a small pile of tortilla chips and a lime wedge.

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6th May, 2020
Loved this soup! Great veggie option, i topped my soup with tortillas and grated cheese. Will definitely be a regular recipe i do.
29th Jan, 2020
Love this soup! Made almost exactly to the recipe with the exception of the chilli powder for which I only had hot which made it hotter but very tasty.
3rd Nov, 2019
This is a brilliant soup that is so easy to make and has bags and bags of flavour. I cook this once a month at least! I use kidney beans in chilli sauce to add a little more heat and other tinned beans or I use 1/4 tsp of chilli flakes if I only have normal mixed beans in water. This is a marvellous soup for wet or cold day, a household favourite, top marks
10th Oct, 2018
When I made this I added a small extra tin of sweetcorn for a few extra veggies and crunch. I also chopped in a handful of coriander at the end because it was in my fridge. If you work in an office this is a great idea for lunch - healthy, filling and tasty. Was quick and easy to make plus I've frozen and defrosted and it still tastes great. All round winner.
15th Mar, 2017
A very tasty soup. We use Sainsbury's mild chilli beans and a half teaspoon of hot chilli powder. The result is a great soup with a good texture.
5th Feb, 2017
I've made this 3 times for lunch at work. Very simple to do. I add extra vegetables (leeks and celery) to ramp up the veg portions and it's still really nice. I also use hot chilli powder and double the amount of this to get it to a heat I like. It will do me 3 days lunches.
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shan rees
15th Nov, 2016
Made this soup tonight and l found it very bitter almost too tomatoey so l added 2 tsp of muscovado sugar and it tasted better but l don't think l will make again
18th Aug, 2016
Great recipe! Just added zucchini and leftover leek into the mix with the beans and was a lovely addition, really you could add any kind of vegetable and it would still taste amazing, if not even better!! Also, instead of bought tortilla chips, I made my own by cutting up a tortilla wrap and place in the over for about 10-15 minutes to let then crisp up. Yum!! :)
27th Apr, 2016
This was absolutely lovely, added a bit more spice and a bit of smoked paprika for depth but it was overall very flavourful yet simple. I'd definitely make again!
17th Feb, 2016
Really loved this. Ramped up the chilli content to our taste buds. And in the absence of a stick blender in my life, a few pulses in the blender...in small portions. Forgot the lime which was a shame as I feel that would have made it even more lovely. But excellent flavour, comforting and warming. Served with garlic bread rather than tortillas due to the weather!!!


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