Black Bean Soup
Black beans are a versatile ingredient, lending themselves to many different types of dishes. One of the most common is a black bean soup. A lot of these soups have a Mexican flavor, almost emulating salsa. Some of the best ingredients to go along with black beans are corn, tomatoes, and other ingredients used in salsa.
Black bean soup may either be warm or chilled. It also may lend itself to a mild or a spicy flavor. Since the beans themselves do not have a strong flavor, the soup will mostly depend on the other ingredients for taste. The beans themselves will add texture and a hearty substance around which to base the dish.
Though many do not use black bean soup as a main course, it is a great starter course or appetizer. The health benefits of black beans include a high protein content, which helps build muscle and helps a person feel fuller. This means that the soup can be an excellent addition to a health-conscious menu.
The other nice thing about this soup is that it is generally very easy to prepare. You can cook it right before you want to eat it, especially if it is chilled, or cook it in advance and use a slow cooker to prepare.