Recipe: Spicy Mexican Red Bean Soup

When it comes to satisfying soups, if there are beans involved, the soup rises to the top of my list.

Red Bean Soup

But the truth is, a creamy bean soup can be boring if you don’t step things up a notch – classic Mexican flavors take care of that ho-hum problem.

Red Bean Soup

As you can see, this soup looks okay, but there’s nothing to make me come back for more, much less spoon some into a bowl.

No pizazz, right?

Red Bean Soup

How about this? Don’t you want to dive your spoon in now?

All it takes is a just a few tasty garnishes like low fat shredded cheese, fresh herbs, low fat sour cream, and a cubed avocado to take this “boring” soup over the top.

What’s with the turkey kielbasa piled on top you ask?

Who knows. I had a package in the frig and thought they’d make a tasty addition. Turns out, they did.

Have a terrific week everyone!


Spicy Mexican Red Bean Soup
Shake It Up! Turn this into a meat free meal by eliminating the turkey kielbasa.
  • 2 cups turkey kielbasa, diced into small pieces
  • ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 32 ounces low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Mexican seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ small lime , juiced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 8 tablespoons low fat sour cream
  1. Add the remaining ¼ cup of broth to the pan with onions and garlic. Cook for 5 - 6 minutes to soften, then add remaining ingredients, except cilantro and sour cream.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes until beans are very tender.
  3. Using and immersion blender, or standard blender, blend soup until creamy. If you use a standard blender, be sure to leave the lid loose so the steam escapes, and blend in batches.
  4. Top soup with sour cream, cilantro and turkey croutons.
Food energy: 191kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 5
Saturated fatty acids: 2.07g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 1.72g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.64g
Total fat: 4.43g
Calories from fat: 39
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 - 1 cup servings

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  1. says

    We love bean soups too! And I agree you do need to add some sort of flavoring, otherwise they can be a little bland. Mexican sounds terrific, and is perfect for red beans. Good recipe – thanks.

  2. says

    I love a good bean soup and this sounds like a terrifically well-balanced one. Really lovely and cosy. Sounds like some baked tortilla chips, or at least a few strips of tortilla, would be good with this.

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