Black Bean Chili Soup

A meat-free soup with Chili John flavor.  Christine’s special recipe.

2 Cups Organic Black Beans

Rinse beans in collander several times. Inspect for broken beans and toss those you find. Check for small rocks as a precaution.

Place beans in large container. Add 8 cups of water. Cover and let soak for a minimum of 4 hours (can be soaked overnight in the refrigerator). Note, you will be using the bean water for your juice stock, do not discard it.

Organic Vegetables

Slice the following into bite size pieces, a little larger for the tomatoes:

4 to 6 good size tomatoes

¾ bunch of celery

¾ to 1 onion

Spices

Obtain from Pendery’s, Texas

(Formerly Mexican Chile Supply Company)

Note: Keep chile spices away from children, pets and your eyes.

Mexican Oregano – ½ teaspoon

Mexican Oregano is very different than Greek or Italian (these two can be substituted for each other if needed but you can’t substitute them for Mexican Oregano).

Thyme – 1 teaspoon

Cayenne – 1 ½ teaspoons

Cumin – 2 teaspoons

Chiltomalene – 2 T

This is one of the first chile powders ever made. If you do not have it, substitute your favorite chile powder but do order it for next time.

Salt – ½ teaspoon

Instructions

You can add the spices and the vegetables to the beans when the beans are soaking if you wish, whatever works best with your schedule, as long as they are covered. ­

Once the beans have soaked pour the beans, water, vegetables and spices into a large pot and cook covered until done.

I use an electric pressure cooker and the soup is ready in 90 minutes. Cooking over the stove will take up to twice as long, check beans for softness as you cook. Do not boil.

Additions

Cooked chicken or other cooked meats can be added to the soup at the end.

Sometimes I add a small can of organic tomato paste.

Sometimes I add a little garlic.

I’ve added broccoli to it and it’s great!

Start with the basic recipe and add the cooked chicken. After that play with it if you like depending upon your leftovers. We make this soup 2 to 3 times a month so I keep plenty of black  beans on hand. I would make a separate batch for the kids leaving the chile powders out. Moms can play with that recipe and let us know when you get a good recipe

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