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Beef & Black Bean Soup

I lead a busy life, so I'm always trying to come up with timesaving recipes. This zippy and colorful soup is one of my husband's favorites. It has been a hit at family gatherings, too. —Vickie Gibson, Gardendale, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked rice


  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the next 12 ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low; cook until vegetables are tender, 4-5 hours. Add the beans and rice; cook until heated through, about 1 hour longer.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 203 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 630mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • wendy
    Jun 12, 2019

    I'm not a spicy person, but I thought this would be! Actually it was way to calm, not spicy at all! I like the ingredients, so I think I'll change up the spices and give it a second chance.

  • Angie
    Mar 28, 2018

    I used ground turkey seasoned with black pepper, cajun, & all purpose seasonings. I didn't use the sugar. I didn't add the cooked rice to the pot so it could be optional added to individual soup bowls. I only used 1/4 tsp cumin. Was excellent!

  • kfedewa
    Nov 3, 2015

    Tasty, but needs so more spices in my opinion.

  • jillanglemyer
    Apr 17, 2014

    Delicious! I put this in the slow cooker and my girls ate it for dinner and supper. My husband was gone and asked me to save some for him. There was none left.

  • 1TrippnFamily
    Oct 8, 2012

    This is a long-time family favorite. It is easily modified for both vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and substituting whole grain wild rice makes it an even healthier "warm up from the inside" meal.

  • pajamaangel
    Sep 19, 2011

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  • shadow001
    Jun 13, 2011

    My grandson asks me to make this soup. It is a favourite.

  • johnsen
    Feb 9, 2011

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  • braceletgirl
    Dec 17, 2010

    This is a great soup recipe. I have made many times. I also made with veg broth for my vegetarian girls.

  • barbara
    Mar 7, 2010

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