Bacon and black bean soup is a delicious classic that is easy on the budget and high on yumminess! Soaking beans is an extra step, but it improves the digestibility of the beans (and reduces gassiness!) and lets you use those incredibly inexpensive dry beans!

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Bacon and Black Bean Soup

Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 532 kcal
Author: Cara


  • 2 cups dried black beans
  • 16 ounces bacon chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 8-10 cups beef stock
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon tobasco or other hot sauce more to taste
  • Sour cream sliced green onions as additional toppings


Soak Beans

  1. Rinse beans and place into a large bowl. Cover with filtered water. Allow to soak 8-12 hours, overnight.

Make Soup

  1. In the bottom of a low stockpot over medium heat, cook bacon.

  2. As bacon is cooking, chop onion.

  3. Remove bacon once desired doneness, and set aside. Add onion to bacon grease in the stock pot.

  4. As onion cooks, crush garlic and add to onion.

  5. Once onion is soft, drain soaked beans and add to the stock pot with the onions and garlic. Add in broth, bay leaves, honey, and dry mustard.

  6. Turn heat to medium-high until soup boils, then cover and turn to a low simmer. Cook for 1 hour covered.

  7. Before serving, remove from heat, add zest lime and lime juice. Serve, topping with sour cream and chopped cooked bacon as garnish.

Nutrition Facts
Bacon and Black Bean Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 532 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 1359mg57%
Potassium 1205mg34%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 14IU0%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Special diets:

Keto Notes: This recipe is higher in carbs, but beans are what are known as ‘slow carbs’ and may be better tolerated than other carbohydrates for those on the ketogenic diet.

Read more: How to Start the Ketogenic Diet: What You Can Eat on Keto

Read more: 6 Ways to Know You’re in Ketosis Without Using Ketone Strips

GAPS Notes: Black beans are not allowed on the GAPS diet, but many find they can tolerate them.  If desired, use allowed navy beans instead.

Read more: I want to do the GAPS Diet, where do I start?


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