This recipe comes from my other favorite cooking blog, Our Best Bites. I have taken it and this picture from their blog. The girls who have done this blog our good friends with my brother and sister-in-law. This recipe is now our favorite soup. My sister-in-law made it and said that it was okay. We LOVED it in our family. I hope you all enjoy it.
Black Bean Soup
1 T olive oil
4 large cloves garlic, minced
3/4 C diced carrots (about 2 med carrots)
3/4 C diced celery (about 2 ribs)
1 C diced onion (about 1 sm-med onion)
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 3.5oz can green chilies
2 cans low-sodium beef broth
1 t kosher salt
1 dash black pepper
1/2 t chili powder
1/4 t cumin
1/2 t dry oregano leaves (if you use ground oregano, use 1/4 t)
1 bay leaf
Toppings: sour cream, tortilla chips, grated cheese
Add olive oil to a large stock pot on med-high heat. Saute carrots, celery, onion, and garlic about 4-5 minutes.
Add in the black beans, chilies, and beef broth. Stir to combine and then add the salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and bay leaf.
Simmer uncovered for about 20-25 minutes or until carrots are soft.
Remove from heat. Find that bay leaf and pull it out. Don't forget or it will be very bay-ish.
Place all the soup in a blender. (You could use an immersion blender in place of this step) Place lid on blender, but remove the stopper in the middle. Place a paper towel over the hole though to avoid getting black bean soup burns all over your face.
Puree soup until completely smooth.* I leave it in for several minutes. Return to pan and make sure it's heated through completely. Squeeze in the juice from one big lime.
*Several people in the comment section noted that they wanted a chunkier soup so they only pureed half of it. That works too!
Ladle into bowls and top with grated cheese, tortilla chips, etc. Serve with extra lime wedges.