5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup

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5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup Recipe -- full of amazing flavor, and ready to go in just 20 minutes! gimmesomeoven.com

Alright, friends.  I know that it’s the second week of November, so I should be posting Thanksgiving recipes galore.  But I’m not quite feeling the turkey and pumpkin pie cravings yet.  So I decided to dedicate an entire week to another highly-requested topic on the blog:

5-ingredient soup recipes!!!

Ever since I posted my 5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili recipe, you all have (a) turned it into the highest-traffic recipe on the blog right now and (b) been emailing with requests for more recipes like it.  So I decided to take the challenge and put on my “minimalist” ingredient hat and see if I could simplify five classic soups.  It definitely took a bit of trial and error, but I’m happy to say that there are now five delicious 5-ingredient soups coming your way this week.

First up?  5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup.

5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup Recipe -- full of amazing flavor, and ready to go in just 20 minutes! gimmesomeoven.com

I am a huge fan of black beans soups, as is clearly noted by the Spicy Black Bean SoupBlack Bean Chili with Chocolate & Coconut, and Smoky Black Bean Chili recipes already on the blog.  Black bean soups are usually quick, healthy, and full of lots of spices and flavor — which I love!!  But still, the idea of an even simpler 5-ingredient black bean soup sounded intriguing.

So I made it happen.  And in 20 minutes, nonetheless.  (Bonus!)

Can you guess the 5 ingredients?

5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup Recipe -- full of amazing flavor, and ready to go in just 20 minutes! gimmesomeoven.com

I initially planned to make the soup using canned black beans (although you could substitute fresh if you plan ahead and soak them overnight), salsa, cumin, fresh cilantro and vegetable broth.  But once I stirred in the first four ingredients and gave it a taste, I realized that the soup was actually nice and thick and well-seasoned even without the vegetable broth!

Granted, I used the entire cans of beans, including the liquid — which is simply water and salt and perfectly safe to eat (and a perfect thickener for soup!).  But if you’re one of those folks who insists on draining your beans, hakuna matata.  Just add in an extra cup of vegetable or chicken broth.

So since I still had an ingredient to spare, I added in a little bit of minced garlic, since I seem convinced (along with Monica on Friends) that everything tastes better with a little extra garlic.  ;)5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup Recipe -- full of amazing flavor, and ready to go in just 20 minutes! gimmesomeoven.com

I will say, though, that the key ingredient to this soup is salsa that you really like.  If you like spicy soup, add in some nice hot salsa.  If you like milder, go mild.  If you really like the tomatillo flavor, you can add in salsa verde.

In the name of a true 20-minute meal, I opted to use store-bought salsa.  If anyone is looking for a recommendation, I love the national brand Herdez.  Their “Caesera” salsa (available in mild, medium or hot) always work well in recipes, as well as my favorite of theirs — Chipotle.  It’s probably the most widely-available brand that I like so far, and it’s also some of the most affordable.

5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup Recipe -- full of amazing flavor, and ready to go in just 20 minutes! gimmesomeoven.com

All in all, this recipe turned out to be a delicious start to our 5 Ingredient Soup Week on the blog.  Stay tuned for a new quick and easy recipe each day this week!

5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup Recipe -- full of amazing flavor, and ready to go in just 20 minutes! gimmesomeoven.com


5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 2-4 servings 1x


This 5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup is full of great flavor, and ready to go in just 20 minutes!



  • 3 (15 oz) cans black beans, with liquid
  • 1 lb. (about 2.5 cups) good-quality salsa, homemade or store-bought (I love the brand Herdez)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, loosely packed (plus extra for garnish)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until simmering. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for at least 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Serve soup warm topped with additional fresh cilantro as garnish.

Be sure to check out my other 5-ingredient soup recipes too!

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139 comments on “5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup”

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  1. I am totally down with 5 ingredient soups!!! Sounds fantastic!!

  2. This looks easy to make and totally yummy! I love bean soup in the winter time.

  3. Such gorgeous photos, Ali! I really love them! And this soup too!! I am totally down with 5 ingredients and I love black beans! YUM!

  4. LOVE how simple this is. Brilliant!

  5. Love how flavorful and easy this looks. A great mid-week meal.

  6. So simple and all my favorite flavors!

  7. I made this tonight using Mrs. Renfro’s Black Bean Salsa. I altered the proportions a little bit, but was amazed by how delicious the soup turned out! Thanks for such a simple and tasty recipe!

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  9. I love black beans, especially in soup. I love cooking healthy and this recipe is definitely on my list to make next week…THANK YOU!

  10. My husband and I adore black bean soups :) will definitely have to amke this recipe soon!

  11. I made the black bean soup last night. It. Was. Divine.

    I made it exactly as the recipe said but I added a dollap of sour cream to my bowl at the end. It definitely added some extra yum.

    Thanks for the recipe!

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  14. Going to try your broccoli cheese soup as I never have half and half around the kitchen . Looks like it will be delicious .
    I make my hurry up black bean soup with canned black beans ,a can of chopped tomatoes and green chiles ,some onion ,garlic ,cilantro and cumin for seasoning.
    Can’t wait to try the cheese soup before work .

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  18. Im in the draining beans group because years ago I dumped a can of beans in chili and there was a bandage in it. EW!! someone at the plant must have lost it. Now you will never forget that will you?
    Your recipes look so yummy and easy. Thanks.

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  20. Made this soup tonight and it is so good! On top of being simple, healthy, and delicious, it was super cheap to make. My total cost for 3 cans black beans, 16 oz refrigerated salsa, and 1 bunch cilantro…$4.60! Now that’s what I call a bargain!

  21. This recipe was great! I loved that I didn’t need any broth for it. Thanks for the simple & tasty recipe!

  22. First off: love your blog! Can’t remember how I came across it but I have gone through all 113 pages of it and I have marked off a bunch of recipes that I want to try.
    I’m pretty new to cooking: as in I usually stick to pasta or some sort of a stir fry as everything else is beyond me. I saw this recipe and was drawn to how delicious it looked, the 5 ingredients and how easy it was to make. So I just made it and I am currently eating it as I type this! AMAZING! I wanted to try it without garlic (so technically mine is a 4 ingredient soup) but next time I will add the garlic for sure. I also couldn’t find the herdez salsa in my grocery store so I just ended up getting the store brand “southwestern style” salsa and I think that was a winner. That salsa had some corn and onion and whatnot mixed in which made the soup super yummy and chili-like. Will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration to get cooking!

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  25. Oh My Goodness!!! For how simple this was, i just used a rotisserie chicken and a can of great northern, and a can of black beans, and added some frozen corn (to make it 6 ingredients ;) it was FANTASTIC!! topped it with all the goodies, and my husband after 2 bites said “you can make this anytime, it’s REALLY GOOD!” 

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  40. I loved this! I only needed enough for lunch, so I cut the recipe down and served it over rice. Yummmmm! I love quick and tasty vegan meals! Going to try the 5 ingredient tomato soup next subbing the heavy cream with avocado as you suggested in the comments. 

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  42. Love the 5-ingredient black bean soup recipe!  I add sweet potato and avocado when I make it – yum!

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  44. I just made three gallons of this soup for a church function.  It smells glorious.  I’m going to let it sit for a day to intensify the flavor.

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  47.  absolutely love this soup!!! due to a broken leg i am housebound and have everything to make this except fresh cilantro. how much dried would i use? hopefully it wont change the taste too much.

    • Thanks Kim, and oh no, so sorry about your leg! I may be getting around to this too late for you, but if not, I would just season it to taste, since I haven’t tried it with dried cilantro before. I hope your leg heals soon, and that you enjoy the soup!

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  50. I made this soup tonight with medium salsa verde, but altered the proportions a bit–OMG it is so freaking good.  The salsa verde added such a flavor burst!  I would recommend trying it!