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chipotle black bean soup.

Happy Sunday!

Wondering what to make tonight for dinner?  Well if you’ve got about 25 minutes and some black beans, I’m about to hook you up.

Step 1:  Saute up some onion.

Step 2:  Throw in garlic, chipotles, cumin and cilantro.

Step 3:  Finish it off with black beans, salsa and lime juice and simmer 20 minutes.  Then, voila!, dinner is served.

Chipotle Black Bean Soup

(serves 4)

What You’ll Need:

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ($.08 at $.08/tablespoon)

1 onion, chopped ($.33 at $.99/lb)

1 cloves garlic, chopped ($.03 at $.03/clove)

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped ($.13 at $.50 per bunch)

1 teaspoon. diced canned chipotle chiles (optional)… ($.14 at $1.29/2 oz)

1 tablespoon cumin (trace)

2 15 ounce cans black beans ($1.78 at $.89/can)

Juice of 1 lime ($.30 per)

1/2 jar of your favorite salsa ($1.00 at $1.99 per jar)

Greek yogurt, cilantro, sour cream, avocado


In a large pan saute onion in olive oil until lightly browned.  Add garlic, cilantro, chipotle chiles and cumin and cook 1-2 minutes until fragrant.  Add black beans, salsa and lime juice and simmer 15-20 minutes.

Serve with greek yogurt, sour cream, cilantro or avocado on top.

TOTAL:  $3.22 or $.81 per serving.  Serve with southwest-inspired side salad and cornbread and you’re likely still around $1.50 per serving.


302 calories per serving

4 grams of fat

45 carbs

13 grams protein

10 grams fiber

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Pops #

    $.82 a serving! Wow. I’m going to need to make this several times this week if I want to balance my food b
    udget. I just spent $10 a pound on fresh salmon. Oh, the price of no red dye in my food.

    June 12, 2011
    • That’s what is so great about this recipe…you save some dough here so you can splurge for salmon!!
      Thanks for the’s good for my psyche;)

      June 13, 2011
  2. Kelly- Just in case you think no one is reading this, I look at it every day. I’m obsessed with food blogs, especially Thanks for all the yummy recipes. I’m sure Andrew is enjoying the fruits of your labor:).

    June 13, 2011
    • Thanks Kate! I also have about a gazillion blogs I follow, and just signed up for foodgawker….talk about inspiring!
      Andrew is LOVING the food blog, we just have to make sure to not love it too much 🙂

      June 13, 2011
  3. Just made this last night. A total hit! Featuring it and your blog on my blog next Tuesday!!

    June 21, 2011
    • Thanks Lauren! I’d love to talk about ways we can feature each other – interested at all in doing a guest post on frugal chic fashion?!

      June 21, 2011

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