This Black Bean and Corn Soup was inspired by a local restaurant. This soup is filled with good wholesome vegetables that will warm you up on a cold day.

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According to my inner fall clock it’s officially soup season

I’m kicking of soup season with my newest, favorite-ist and uber delicious… black bean and corn soup. I really should call it black bean soup with sweet corn, charred red pepper and poblano with fire roasted tomatoes soup but I’m thinking that might be a smidgen over the top.

Last week my wonderful friend Nichole and I had lunch at one of my favorite restaurants The Clarkston Union. We both ordered the soup of the day, black bean and corn (who wouldn’t!?) and it is absolutely without a doubt AMAZING. As I shoveled the soup into my mouth and in between gabbing about life, I cataloged the ingredients, flavors and textures of this soup and started recipe developing asap.

Let me just tell you figuring out this soup wasn’t easy.

When I asked her about what she thought was in the soup we had conflicting ingredients. I said those red chunks are red bell pepper, right? Nichole said tomato. I said do you taste the poblano pepper… she’s like uhh I think that’s green pepper Laurie. GAH? Which is it? I thought about asking the waitress. I do that all the time and it’s probably obnoxious. But I thought against it and so I guess this won’t be a complete copy cat recipe because it’s not likely the chef is going to hand over his recipe to little ol me, but it’s still darn delicious nonetheless.


To Make this Black Bean and Corn Soup You Will Need:

  • red bell pepper
  • poblano pepper
  • black beans, un-drained, divided
  • olive oil
  • celery
  • white onion
  • fresh garlic
  • cumin
  • ground chipotle pepper
  • smoked paprika
  • diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • sweet corn (frozen or fresh)
  • low-sodium vegetable broth
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • lime juice
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish

pepper collage

Char the peppers:

Preheat it to medium-high, spritzed a red bell pepper and poblano pepper with a little olive oil and grilled them until the skin bubbled and blistered. The whole thing took about 15 minutes. Then I threw them into a bowl and covered it with plastic wrap so the steam could work its magic in between the flesh and skin of the peppers. You could also do this under the broiler, just keep a watchful eye on them.

peppers steamed

After about 15 minutes it was time to peel these beauties.


The skin should easily peel away. I like to keep a garbage bowl nearby so I can chuck the skin, seeds and stems in it as I go.

slice and dice collage

After the peppers are peeled and seeded I sliced them into strips and then diced them into cubes.

celery, onion and garlic

Make The Soup:

Slice up 2-4 celery ribs {about a cup}, a medium white onion and 5-6 cloves of garlic.

smashed beans

I emptied all the cans of black beans into one bowl, then I measured out about 1 1/2 cups of beans and put them in a different bowl and used my Pampered Chef mix ‘n chunk and smashed them up. This is going to thicken the soup later, so set those smashed beans off to the side for a moment.

olive oil and saute

In my 4 quart Rockcrock on medium-low heat, I added a tablespoon of olive oil and threw in the celery, onions and garlic.


Once the vegetables start to soften I add in the two teaspoons of cumin, 3/4 teaspoon of chipotle pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika.

black pepper - stir

Gave those a stir and cooked for 1-2 minutes before adding lots of freshly ground black pepper. About 1/4 teaspoon.

roasted tomatoes, red pepper, poblano and sweet corn

Next add in the fire-roasted tomatoes, peppers, poblano and sweet corn.

the un-mashed beans

Add the black beans that are still whole…

veggie broth

The vegetable broth…


And stir.


Bring to a boil… reduce to a simmer…

smashed beans in

Add in the mashed beans, this will help thicken the soup a bit. Let’s face it; mashed black beans aren’t pretty, like at all.


Season with salt. This is entirely to taste. I say about 1-1/2 teaspoons to 2. But you taste and add as you go.

bring to a simmer

Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes.

Mexican three cheese

Meanwhile… I made the best quesadillas your lips will ever have the pleasure of wrapping themselves around. Mexican three cheese… that’s 1-2-3 cheeses. Lord have mercy.

quesadilla collage

Spray a large griddle or skillet and preheat to 350 or medium-ish heat. Lay down one tortilla and top with a little of both Chihuaua cheese and jack. Top with homemade pickled jalapenos {if you heart so desires} and top with the cotija. Layer another tortilla on top and when the bottom gets crispy and golden, flip. Sprinkle more cheese on the now crispy top and more jalapenos if you wish, and then another soft tortilla. Just like before, when the bottom gets crispy flip and griddle until golden.

Triple-cheese-triple-decker-quesadilla folks!


Cut into wedges and enjoy.

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This black bean and corn soup is fantastic. Smoky, vegetable loaded and total guilt-free when you pour yourself another bowl. I mean just look at those vegetables and beans. All the flavors from the soup I had at lunch the other day PLUS more. It reheats nicely so leftovers are a must… they might even be better than the day before because they’ve merry in the fridge over night.

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Enjoy! And if you give this Black Bean and Corn Soup recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 12 servings

Black Bean and Corn Soup

This soup is bursting at the seams with vegetables and flavor! There's sweet red bell and smoky poblano peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes, sweet corn and smashed black beans in veggie broth. Ground chipotle and cumin spice the soup perfectly, giving it warmth while fresh cilantro adds color and freshness. Serve with cheesy quesadillas for a complete meal!


  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans black beans, (do not drain) divided
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup sweet corn, frozen or fresh
  • 1 quart low-sodium vegetable broth
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • kosher salt, to taste (for me it was about 1½ to 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish



  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Wash and pat dry a medium red bell pepper and poblano. Lightly spray them with olive oil. Once the grill is hot, set the peppers on the hottest part of your gill. Grill the peppers for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally until the skin chars and blisters. Remove and place into a clean bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let the peppers sit for 15-20 minutes before removing. Peel the skin off, remove the stem and scrape out the seeds before dicing.


  • Place a cup and a half of the black beans into a bowl. Smash them with a fork until only small pieces of bean remain. Set it off to the side.
  • In a 4 to 5 quart Dutch oven; heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the celery, onion and garlic and saute until they're just starting to soften.
  • Add the cumin, chipotle powder, smoked paprika and black pepper - about 1/4 teaspoon. Stir and cook for another minute or two. Next add in the fire-roasted tomatoes, the bell pepper, poblano and corn. Pour in the vegetable broth and the portion of beans that are left whole. Stir and bring to a boil.
  • Pour in the smashed black beans and stir. Reduce the temperature to simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes.
  • Taste and add salt to your preference. Right before serving, stir in the lime juice.
  • Garnish with freshly torn cilantro leaves.
Serving: 1cup, Calories: 238kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 67mg, Potassium: 623mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 633IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 4mg