Meatless Friday with CRS: Black Bean Soup


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This Lent, is once again privileged to partner with CRS Rice Bowl by sharing the CRS Rice Bowl featured recipes on each Lenten Friday. Why not try these simple recipes in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world?

Don’t forget to place the money you saved by serving a meatless meal into your CRS Rice Bowl! Those funds help feed the hungry around the world and in your own community. If you don’t have a CRS Rice Bowl program in your own parish, click here to find out how to donate.

"Meatless Friday: Black Bean Soup" by Catholic Relief Services (

CRS Rice Bowl meals 2019 – Guatemala, Black Bean Soup
Photo by Lauren Carroll/Catholic Relief Services

Black Bean Soup – from Guatemala

Makes 4–6 servings

  • 1 T fair trade olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 c water or vegetable broth
  • 3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 green chili, diced
  • 2 t ground cumin
  • 2 t chili powder
  • ½ t salt
  • Cilantro, minced (optional)

In a large pot, sauté onion and garlic in oil until brown. In a blender, combine 1 c water/vegetable broth and 2 cans of beans. Blend until smooth. Add to onion mixture. Stir in tomatoes, chilis, remaining beans, spices and remaining water/broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with cilantro.

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