Recipes on October 11, 2012 by

Nibbles & Feasts: Poblano and Bacon Bountiful Black Bean Soup

This Poblano-Bacon Black Bean Soup is very creamy, smoky and flavorful.  It’s a perfect soup to enjoy at an outdoor picnic.  Bob’s Red Mill Soup Seasoning Mix gives it the perfect balance of flavors in every spoonful.  

Poblano-Bacon Bountiful Black Bean Soup

Serves 6

  1. Roast Poblano chilies over a gas flame, turning frequently with tongs, until charred on all sides, about 5 minutes each. Place in a plastic bag; set aside to allow steaming for 10 minutes. Then, using your hands, rub and remove the pepper-charred skin under running water*. Cut chilies open, remove, stem, seeds and veins. Chop in small pieces and reserve.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add beans and cook for 3 minutes.  Turn off heat, cover and let beans soak for about 1 hour.
  3. Drain the beans through a sieve and rinse out the pot.  Return the beans to the pot, add chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes.  Reduce heat and add Poblano chiles, tomato, onion, garlic and seasoning mix.  Cook for 3-5 minutes until onion is translucent and tomatoes have softened.
  5. Scrape bacon mixture into the pot with beans.  Cover and cook until beans have completely cooked, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour longer.
  6. Divide the soup among six bowls and serve.

*Cooks Note:

You may want to wear latex gloves or plastic bags on your hands as you work with the chilies to avoid inadvertently touching eyes later with pepper-coated fingers!

A Mexican-American mama living in sunny California, Ericka Sanchez is the woman behind Nibbles & Feasts, a bilingual blog that chronicles her experiences with good food, recipes, and food products she finds both interesting and fun. Her cooking combines traditional Mexican recipes passed down from her mother and grandmother with her own modern, Los Angeles mom twist. Ericka is also the “Culture of Food” contributor for the popular blog for parents raising bilingual children, Spanglish Baby, and one of two eggs that co-founded the popular breakfast blog The Two Good Eggs 



Ohhhh, this looks and sounds DELICIOUS! I didn’t know they made a bean seasoning mix. Now I have to try it!

OM Goodness–my mouth is watering just reading this post–sounds so yummy–perfect for fall football games and post season Yankee baseball parties!! thanks

We are soup lovers and this one looks so delicious! I’ve been in the mood for black bean soup and I think this is the one I’ll be making once I get around to it! I’ll be adding these ingredients to my shopping list! Thanks so much! Mmmmm!

Melissa says:

yummy recipe can’t wait to try it

This recipe looks great, Ericka! I love hearty soups and guisados at this time of year. I’ll have to look for the seasoning mix at the store!

This looks so perfect for a Sunday Fall afternoon…except, will it be the same without the Poblano peppers? I am a wimp and cannot handle any kind of spice 🙁

AmandaCarter says:

Hi Lisa,
Sorry for not replying sooner! You could use sweet bell peppers instead of Poblanos, and I bet it would still be delicious (but not spicy).
Amanda C.
Bob’s Red Mill

I want to curl up in a sofa, with a thick blanket on a rainy day and be spoon-fed this soup!!!

OMG! this looks delicioso!

My husband will just have to suffer sleeping in the same bed with me after I cook this up. It’s too good to pass on.

Now, I’m hungry and soup sounds so very good right now.

Que Rico I love beans and soups. My favorite has always been the bean broth it’s just delicious! I think this is something my kids and husband would totally enjoy.

Monica says:

I didn’t know they had soup mix either! I’m always looking for soup recipes for cold winter days, and this one looks delish. Thanks for sharing!

Natalia says:

Wouuuu!! I need to buy the ingredients ASAP! Looks fabulous!

wow this looks delicious. If I wasn’t on such a diet I would try it.

Bren says:

You wouldn’t believe me if I told you I just had a big, hearty bowl of my mom’s black bean soup for dinner. Tooo good.

I loooooove black bean soup. Best comfort food ever! Will try this new way of doing it very soon. Thank you!

pattie says:

wow… these look delicious! Would love to have it in the upcoming cold months.

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