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Black Bean Soup is delicious with ham or without

Black Bean Soup with Ham

A hearty and flavorful soup that's great for using leftover ham. The same recipe can be used for a vegetarian version.
5 from 7 votes


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1.5-2 cups ham, diced leave out for vegetarian version
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 3 cans black beans (15 oz.)
  • 2 cups chicken stock use vegetable stock for vegetarian version
  • 1 can tomatoes & chili peppers Rotel brand is our favorite
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce adjust according to preference
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • In a large pot, heat oil over medium to medium-high heat. 
  • Add onion and saute' until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add garlic, and saute' additional minute.
  • Add ham and saute' additional minute.
  • Stir in lime zest, beans (including liquid), stock, tomatoes (including juice), hot sauce and cumin. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer and let simmer for 45 minutes. 
  • Partially mash the beans with potato masher to thicken.
  • Add the lime juice and salt and pepper if needed. 
  • Garnish with your choice of sour cream, cilantro, diced tomatoes, diced jalapenos, parsley, crushed corn chips. 
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