Sopa Tarasca (Black Bean & Tomato Soup, with Bacon!)
This rich and unusual soup is made with bacon, tomatoes, chicken stock, and black beans. I use canned tomatoes, but you could certainly use fresh tomatoes. If you like spicey soup, you could even add a jalapeno or two! *As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This recipe is inspired by Pioneering The Simple Liferecipe. I have only modified it slightly!
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Mexican
blender or food processor recommended
Dutch oven or heavy bottomed large (4-6 qt) pot OR
3cupsblack bean brothA little more or less is fine. If you are using canned beans, I recommend reserving some beans and pureeing the rest with the juice. Save some whole beans to add later for texture. I estimate it will take 3 cans of beans to get enough broth.
1cupblack beansCooked, optional, but I liked having some whole beans for texture.)
salt and pepperTo taste.
Cook the bacon until crisp in your soup or Instant Pot. *Leave the bacon fat in the pot. You should have about 4 tbsp. Set the cooked bacon aside for garnish.
Puree the tomatoes, onion and garlic in the blender or food processor, or smash it up really well!
To the hot bacon fat, add the tomato paste and the pureed tomato mixture. Cook over medium high heat and stir constantly until cooked thoroughly. It should be thick and a brick color and the onion cooked thoroughly.
Stir in at least 3 cups of black bean juice (reserved from cooking dried beans, or from canned beans that you have pureed)
Stir in turmeric.
Stir in the broth, water and black beans.
Continue stirring occasionally and simmer for about 10 minutes or until it's thickened slightly. Adjust for salt and pepper if needed.
Serve immediately with bacon crumbled on top. I recommend garnishing with cilantro, red pepper flakes and sour cream!
I hope you'll try this recipe, you'll be amazed at the unusual flavor the tomato and bacon give this bean soup! If you love this recipe, try my Instant Pot Spinach and Meatballs!I love hearing your feedback, in fact, your comments and ratings keep me motivated and help me provide more recipes that you'll be sure to love!NOTE: The recipe plugin estimated the nutritional value using 3 cups of canned beans - I couldn't find nutritional data for "bean juice". *As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Support your favorite food bloggers by rating or liking our recipes, or start your Amazon shopping from a link on a food blog. The blogger receives a small commission, at NO cost to you.