Black Bean Soup, or, an Ode to Sour Cream

Sour Cream. A delicacy of which I am unworthy.  You, Fermented Miracle, transcend culinary fantasies as you skip and slip over tantalized taste buds. Managing to destroy all boundaries between sweet and savory, you lay your head on the shoulders of fruit and vegetable, of dinner and dessert. Bacterial Marvel, what else can I say about your beauty, your bite, your cold perfection? Perhaps I should describe you as a holy trinity: White, the color of purity. Creamy, the most sensual texture. Tangy, the flavor that makes it work somehow. It is true that Grecian competitors vie for my affection, but it is only you, my Lactic Lady, who consume me, mind, body, and soul, as I consume you.

Unfortunately, it is currently looked down upon to enjoy a bowl of sour cream straight-up. That is why we eat things like nachos, potato skins, and (guess what??) black bean soup. I had Panera in mind when I decided to make this, but then I didn’t buy enough black beans and it turned out more like a vegetable stew. Exciting news: you can still top it with sour cream. This black bean soup is very simple to make although it requires some prep work. I recommend putting on Gossip Girl or another terrible television show to watch as you chop. Prepare a big vat of black bean soup on Sunday, eat some everyday for the rest of the week, and then get sick of it and not make it for another three months or so.

  • Half of an onion
  • A clove of garlic if you’re smart enough to buy it
  • Two tablespoons of cumin
  • One tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 32 + ounces of black beans
  • 1 medium pepper
  • 1 medium carrot
  • Two cups of salt-free vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheddar cheese

I chopped up some onion but was crying and thus could not take a picture. If you have garlic, chop up a few cloves. If you don’t have garlic, steal some from your roommates. If your roommates don’t have garlic, go without it and feel sad, but also morally correct.

black bean soup recipe

The last time I went shopping was at a fancy health store, so I used two small but toxin-free peppers as opposed to an average-sized but toxin-filled pepper. Chop up a cup or so.

black bean soup recipe

I also added carrots. I wish I had chopped them into smaller pieces, but if you prefer a chunky stew go for it.

black bean soup recipe

Put everything into a pot with some olive oil over medium heat.

black bean soup recipe

I added a ton of cumin and some tomato paste, as well as salt and pepper. Then I cooked the lot until everything was tender.

black bean soup recipe

Next I poured an entire box of vegetable broth in. UGH do not do this!! Seriously, my bean to liquid ratio was way off. Just pour in enough liquid so that everything is covered.

black bean soup recipe
IT’S RUINED!!!!!! jk.

Because I wanted a thick soup I boiled this on high for almost an hour. If you follow my previous instruction you will not have to cook it that long. The goal is for all the ingredients to be properly cooked through and to meld together. Once the soup was almost finished, I poured in a cup of frozen corn.

black bean soup recipe
Ideal glopy texture

After turning the heat off, I added some chopped cilantro and the juice of half a lime.

black bean soup recipe

Plate up your soup. There are a million things you can and should top this with: sriracha, avocado, tortilla strips.


The only option in my eyes is sour cream (and cheddar cheese). I could probably write an ode to cheddar cheese, but for now I’ll just say that I keep biting chunks off the block. Dairy <3

black bean soup recipe

Obviously I added more sour cream after these pictures were taken and also licked the spoon.

black bean soup recipe



Enjoy this tweet proving my sour cream love is eternal:



  1. I wish I liked anything as much as you like sour cream. Seriously, I might steal some of those sentiments for my wedding vows.

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