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Black Bean and Chicken Soup

Salsa and cumin add just the right zip to this thick, hearty soup. I like to serve it with corn bread.—Mary Buhl, Duluth, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)


  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 cup cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup cooked long grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


  • In a large saucepan, saute celery and onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the remaining ingredients; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 154 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 878mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 meat, 1 starch.

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  • sadiegirl
    Nov 2, 2013

    A really tasty and quick-to-fix soup! My only changes were to use only 32 oz. of chicken broth and to double the amount of cumin (one of our favorite spices). This recipe will be made often this winter.

  • pcinant
    Oct 6, 2013

    I loved this soup !! It was very easy to prepare and had a wonderful flavor. This is a keeper !!

  • chaosmommy
    Jan 19, 2013

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  • lojo63
    Jan 13, 2013

    Best soup recipe ever,, today was the fourth time we have made it,, we first used it back in September /12. UUU MMM Good

  • krwilson
    Dec 5, 2012

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  • Cookie65
    Dec 10, 2011

    This is a yummy recipe, though I do modify just a bit. I only use 2 cans of chicken broth and I puree one can of the black beans for a thicker soup. I sometimes use (turkey) smoked sausage in place of the chicken and I use whatever rice I happen to have, today it's brown rice. Great soup!

  • farmgurly
    Sep 28, 2011

    This soup is really good. Both times I've made it, I haven't had lime juice so I haven't put that in but otherwise, it's delicious. It freezes well, too. I have a seal-a-meal that gets daily use and this is one of the things I use it for. I only make half a batch at a time but it's just my daughter and me so there are left overs and I always freeze them. The first time I wondered if the beans would get weird in the freezer but they didn't. They stayed really nice. Last night when I made it, I added a can of corn and that was really good, too.

  • snackcake
    Mar 13, 2011

    didn't change to much i used chicken legs and thighs cause that's what we like and added 2tsp of chili powder.thanks for sharing!

    Mar 2, 2011

    I didn't like black beans till I saw this recipe. It has become a family favorite. I make it as often as possible when I need something quick. YUM

  • shirleyq85615
    Feb 19, 2010

    This soup is so quick and wonderful. I serve it over rice for a delicious main dish. Husband loves