One time in college my roommate, Ashley, and I were struggling in the cash department and decided that we weren’t going to go to the grocery store until we ate everything in our pantry.
Totally doable, right?
Well, we did OK for a week or so but then we got down to practically nothing but bagged dry beans and were stumped.
But then, Ashley had the brilliant idea of throwing all the beans into a crockpot with a few bouillon cubes and water and, to make a long story short, we ended up eating nothing but bean stew for a solid week and a half like true broke college kids.
Now, you’d think this eating bean stew episode was a terrible thing. But it wasn’t.
The soup was actually really good, and what made it even better was knowing that it cost something like 20 cents a serving.
Plus, the handful of smashed up Fritos on top that our former roommate had left behind when she moved out didn’t hurt either.
So, this soup is an ode to many things. My friendship with Ashley, my love for fiber, the thrill I get from saving money. And mostly, just for bean soup, because I really do love beans that much.
Spicy Black Bean Soup
makes about 6 servings
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
10 baby carrots, sliced
1 jalapeno, deseeded and sliced
2 15 oz. cans black beans
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
2-3 black bean cans of water
pinch ea. of red pepper flake, black pepper, cumin and chili powder
salt to taste [I used about 1 tsp., adding it cooked]
Instructions: Add garlic, onion and a splash of olive oil to a large pot over medium heat. Once softened, add rest of veggies and seasonings and stir. Then add beans, tomatoes and water, bring to a simmer, and then turn to low heat and cook for at least 1 hour [I cooked mine for 3 - the longer the better]. Serve with desired garnishes – I opted for sour cream and a few tortilla chips, but fresh cilantro is also a nice addition.
This is officially replacing my Wendy’s chili obsession. And that, my friends, is a lot to say. Its spicy, hearty goodness had me going back for seconds, and thirds the next day for lunch. I, am, pleased.
Q: Did you ever go to any extreme lengths to survive as a broke college student? If so, do tell me your tales.