22 March 2012

Recipe box: Dollar Store Black Bean Soup

This recipe and photo is courtesy of Addie K. Martin of the blog named culicurious. This is a good recipe, very basic, and can readily be made from easily stored foods. Her original recipe includes the following description and can be found on recipelion.com:

Creating delicious meals on a budget is a difficult task. Try this wonderful Dollar Store Black Bean Soup for a great frugal recipe that only requires four ingredients. Made with beans, salsa and garnished with Cheddar cheese, it's a must for dinner tonight.

Ingredients (serves 4)

60 oz. (4 cans) Black Beans, drained and rinsed
16 oz. (1 jar) Salsa
3 Cups Water
2 Tbs. Salt
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded (optional)
1/4 Cup Green Onions, thinly sliced (optional)

  1. In a soup-sized pot, add the black beans, salsa, water and salt and cover the pot.
  2. Over-medium high heat, cook the beans for 30 minutes, stirring every five minutes or so.
  3. When beans are done, use an immersion blender to puree soup.
  4. Ladle soup into four bowls and if desired, garnish with cheddar cheese and green onions

Every dollar store is different, and not all of them may carry these ingredients. If your local dollar store does not carry these food products, feel free to substitute with inexpensive items from other grocery stores.

If you don't have an immersion blender, you can puree the ingredients before cooking.

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