Meatless Mondays: Spicy Black Bean Soup

Over the next few weeks I am excited to share a few of my favorite meatless recipes. In addition to drastically improving our food budget, having a meatless meal once a week is considered super healthy. And who doesn’t want to be super health? Ok, honestly: most of my “meatless Monday” motivation comes from how much it improves our food budget. But saying it’s because I want to be healthy sounds good, sooooo…

While my kids despise Weight Watchers’ vegetable soup, they absolutely love  this Weight Watchers recipe for spicy black bean soup. To keep is simple, I often serve it with tortilla chips. Occasionally we enjoy bean and cheese burritos with it too.

Weight Watchers Spicy Black Bean Soup

  • 1 medium uncooked onion(s), finely chopped   
  • 4 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced   
  •   45 oz canned black beans, undrained, divided (three 15 oz cans)   
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste  (I usually omit this since some people in my family do not like spicy food)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin   
  • 14 1/2 oz fat free chicken broth, or vegetable broth (I always use chicken broth)
  •   10 oz canned tomatoes with green chilis (I buy tomatoes without chilis
  •   11 oz canned yellow corn, drained   

While I love the idea of sauteeing the garlic and onions, to save time I often throw the onion in the blender with 2 cans of beans and the tomatoes. My kids don’t like the texture of onions and I like the flavor the tomatoes add, but am not a fan of chunky, hot tomatoes. So in the blender they go. This is a perfect recipe for the crockpot. It also freezes well. If you have anyone in your family who refuses to go meatless, you can always add chicken to make it heartier. I did this last week when I doubled the recipe.

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Add a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle Mexican cheese on top and you have a delicious bowl of yummy, healthy goodness. Enjoy!

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