Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup

I know many of you will ask if this can be made in a crock pot/slow cooker and I don’t see why not? I thought about making it in the crock pot but I also think that would be a better option if you are using dry beans. I opted for canned beans and wanted this to take less than an hour. Whatever makes it easier for you! I should also mention this soup makes a large amount and you will definitely have plenty of leftovers. If you don’t think you can eat it all within the week then freeze it for another cold, wintry night!



INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup water (or 2 tablespoons olive oil; if not oil-free)
1 red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3-1/2 jalapeño, finely chopped, to taste (optional)
2 medium-sized carrots, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped (or any color)
4 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)
1 15 oz. can organic sweet corn, drained and rinsed
3 15 oz. cans organic black beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1/2 lime, juiced
1/4 cup cilantro
sea salt & pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat the water (or oil, if preferred) in a soup pot or large dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in the onions and garlic, with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent.
Stir in the jalapeño, carrot, red bell pepper, cumin, chili powder and red pepper flakes. Cook until vegetable are soft, about 7-9 minutes.
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