- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, cut into small dice
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into small dice
- 1 carrot, cut into small dice
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ jalapeno pepper (seeds and ribs included), minced
- 1 tablespoon round cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1½ teaspoons Mexican oregano (you can substitute Mediterranean)
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 20 ounces (1¼ pounds) dried black beans, soaked
- 1 ham bone, or 2 pounds smoked ham hocks
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large soup kettle over medium heat. Add onions, pepper, and carrot; sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, jalapeno, cumin, paprika, and oregano; sauté until fragrant, another minute. Add wine; simmer for a few minutes and then add half the beans along with ham bone or hocks, bay leaves, and enough water to cover (7 to 8 cups). Simmer for 30 minutes. Add remaining beans; simmer until the first batch of beans is nearly falling apart and second batch is just tender. Remove ham bone or hocks. When cool enough to handle, remove any large chunks of meat and return them to the pot. Puree half the soup in a food processor, blender, or immersion blender. Return it to the pot, adjusting seasonings including salt and pepper to taste, and adding more water, if necessary to bring it to thick soup consistency. Return soup to a simmer and serve with suggested condiments (see above).
I love adding dill pickle relish as a condiment to any black beans, but especially black bean soups… SO delicious!
Fuji Mama says
Ooooh, I’ve never added a ham bone to black bean soup! I always do when I’m making split pea soup. I MUST try this.
Jenny flake says
I love black bean soup, bet this is fabulous!!
Cookin' Canuck says
Now this is a hearty black bean soup. Nothing brings deep, rich flavor quite like a ham bone.
I am excited to use ham bone for something other than split pea soup! how long ABOUT do you simmer till tender? Just so I can plan approximate time in the pot.
I was wondering if there are any suggestins for doing this in a crockpot