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!
Bacon and Black Bean Soup
- 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
Rinse beans and place into a large bowl. Cover with filtered water. Allow to soak 8-12 hours, overnight.
In the bottom of a low stockpot over medium heat, cook bacon.
As bacon is cooking, chop onion.
Remove bacon once desired doneness, and set aside. Add onion to bacon grease in the stock pot.
As onion cooks, crush garlic and add to onion.
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.
Turn heat to medium-high until soup boils, then cover and turn to a low simmer. Cook for 1 hour covered.
Before serving, remove from heat, add zest lime and lime juice. Serve, topping with sour cream and chopped cooked bacon as garnish.
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?
Recipe says it makes 8 servings. Is 1 serving a 1 cup portion? 1 1/2 cups? thanks.
Bacon and black bean soup (my personal favorite).Thank you so much for sharing