Refried Bean Black Bean Soup

One of the attorneys in our office has a birthday today, so we brought in treats yesterday.  I am not much of a baker, but I found this on the discount rack at Tuesday Morning and found it in my cupboard.


I have a mini donut bake pan, so this made 18 mini donuts.  Only one slight problem.  I didn’t spray my pan for the remaining six that I baked, and they stuck – the tops peeled off but the bottom of the donut stayed in the pan. Sad smile

My breakfast – one of the Chobani flips – loved this one!  And a mini pumpkin donut.

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The donut was actually not very sweet, but with the glaze it was the perfect balance.

Work was busy, so no work out yesterday.  I decided to make a vegetarian black bean soup for Souper Friday.  I had a big can of black beans, I had veggie stock, and I had my homemade refried beans (the recipe will be posted tomorrow Rhonda!).

This soup could not have been easier to put together, and it got RAVE reviews.  One of my co-workers told me it was the best soup I’ve made so far!

Refried Bean Black Bean Soup

  • makes 8 generous servings – 232 calories, 1.5 fat, 43 carbs, 8.6 fiber and 12 protein


  • 1 32 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained (about 3 cups)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 can mild Rotel tomatoes with chile
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 2 cups refried beans
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons Buffalo Tabasco
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper (I didn’t add any additional salt, depends on what kind of broth you use)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 2 cups cooked rice

Since I knew I was going to be heating this up in my crock pot at work, I put all the ingredients in my big tupperware bowl with a lid.  I brought the lime, zester and rice on the side.

Once at work, I dumped the soup and cooked it on high for 2 hours.  Then I put it on low and let it simmer for another hour.  15 minutes before serving, I added the lime juice, lime zest and rice and mixed well.

My garnishes were Mexican shredded cheese, green onions (brought by my co-worker J!) and chopped cilantro, and tortilla chips on the side.

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The heat level was absolutely perfect – the ideal FLAVORFUL heat, not overpowering at all.  This one is definitely a keeper!

Who else is excited about day light savings??!!  I was just happy that I got home around 5:45 last night and it was still light out. Open-mouthed smile  Grilling season, here I come!

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I had cheese ravioli on the menu for our Lenten dinner.  Since I am not Catholic, I made a quick meat ragu on the side – this literally came together in about 5 minutes.

  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 ounces raw ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seaoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 big handful of baby spinach

The cheese ravioli only took about 7 minutes to cook.  I just threw all the ingredients above in a skillet, and cooked it on high until the meat was cooked through and the spinach wilted.

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With a sprinkling of shredded Parmesan cheese on top, this was pure comfort food in a bowl.  And I didn’t snack at all after dinner last night – woop!

So excited!!  I am meeting Hannah and my Mom for lunch today to celebrate her birthday!  Yesterday, she already went and got her new adult license and she got an iPhone so now we can face talk any time!!  Can’t wait to see her face.  I haven’t seen her since she was 20! Winking smile

Hope you have a great weekend!  We will have temps in the high 40’s tomorrow – hope it melts all our snow!  See you Monday!

I’ll leave you with a picture I found last week when I was putting Hannah’s birthday photo collage together – me and my twin sister circa 1985!  Love how the Sun-In is still growing out!

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Can you guess which one is me?


39 thoughts on “Refried Bean Black Bean Soup

  1. I haven’t seen her since she was 20. I like that!

  2. The sauce on that ravioli looks fabulous, yum! 🙂 I guess you’re the one in the polka dots?

  3. ohhh sun in…always seemed like such a good idea 😉 It worked pretty well for me (since I was naturally blonde, but my sister (who has dark brown hair) went instantly orange! The soup sounds SO good. I have a can of refried beans, maybe I will make it this week. Enjoy your day

  4. Looking forward to the bean recipe! The recipe on my blog today will just make you gag, so feel free to skip it 😉 We don’t do daylight savings time here, we just change time zones.

  5. The recipe sounds delicious!! Love the photo. I’m guessing you are on the right??

  6. [Bizzy ya’ really gotta put your comments button at the end of your post. This scrolling, bah…! ::wink::

    How did I miss Hannah’s big b-day? My apologies and please extend a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY, with appropriate Skippy hugs and kisses, for your dear girl. So sweet. YAY!

    They grow up so fast, don’t they? The [new] nurse at our appointment the other day couldn’t believe we had 4 kids in their 20s. I asked her if she had read P/D’s chart per chance – I mean, gosh, he IS 56. When was he going to start having kids? Now? I may be trophy [at 46] but I wanted [and got] all my babies by my 30th year. Retire young I say. ::giggling::

    Thanks for yet another winner soup. Especially for our meatless Fridays. I can’t wait to try my refried beans in it – and to see your recipe too. Do you make yours in a crockpot too? I have never made a better, more popular with the family, EASY – SUPER EASY – and CHEAP, meal/side dish as refried beans in the crockpot. I swear I made them twice last week. That good. And it makes a lot.

    Oh, and the pic’ of you and your sis? SO easy – you are the one on the right. It’s like you haven’t aged girlie. Same sparkly eyes and impish smile. Really sweet. Hugs to y’all!

    • I leave my crock pot at work, so that’s why I made them on the stove top – I think I actually like the way the stove top worked out better!

  7. You are in the polka dots.

  8. That Quick Meat Ragu looks mighty good…..trying that today. Yep…I sure do like day light savings time…..time for a change and longer nights with light. I like that picture of you and your sister, I’d say you are the one on the right!

  9. I’m guessing you’re the one on the right. Yay for 40’s tomorrow. Bob started brushing off our little patio yesterday–he says he’s ready to grill. I think we’re going to do bison burgers tomorrow night.

    Love the refried bean soup!! I made one like it years ago, but I like some of your ingredients even better (hot sauce and worchestershire sauce = awesome). Have a great day!

  10. My vote is also for the polka dot twin! My mom is a twin but her and her sister look absolutely nothing alike! Do twins run in your family? We have 4 sets total on my moms side. The ravioli looks dynamite! I love cheese filled anything! Have a great time with your mom and Hannah today…so glad this weather is finally turning it around!

    • Nope, twins don’t run in our family. We are identical, so there is nothing genetic about that – the egg split and we became two! I was born with a best friend – how cool is that?! 😀

  11. Super cute pic!!!! That soup sounds delicious and I am with you—I cannot wait for grilling season and gardening season!!

  12. Such a great picture, and I am SO making this soup this week. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  13. Ha! love it!!! Thanks for the flashback photo!

  14. Love the last pic! My guess is that you are on the right.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  15. That soup sounds right up our alley! Yum. Are you on the right?!

  16. Love the photo! Your sister is so tall 😉

    I used to use sun-in too, back in the day. Can you send me some soup?

  17. Love the black bean soup! Especially cause it has a slight kick to it! YUM!
    I love that picture!! I am guessing the one on the right?

  18. I think you’re on the right. Your daughter looks just like you.

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