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Healthy Vegan Black Bean Soup from Scratch

Smoky Vegan Black Bean Soup

Healthy and smoky vegan black bean soup recipe from scratch with earthy comforting tones from smoked paprika, carrots, celery and bay leaves. A simple soup or stew, no ham, no bones, no bacon, totally cruelty free made with only clean and wholesome ingredients.
Course Soup
Cuisine Latin
Keyword black bean soup, plant based, vegan,, wfpb
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Soaking Time: 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 135kcal
Author Florentina


  • 3.5 cups dry black beans (soak them in cold water for 6 hours)
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 carrots cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 3 leaves bay
  • 2 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 9-10 cups water
  • smoked applewood sea salt taste
  • 2 limes for serving
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro for garnish


  • Rinse and soak your black beans for six hours. Drain.
  • Preheat your large heavy bottom cast iron pot over medium low heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery and red pepper flakes and sautee in a drizzle of olive oil until softened and the veggies start to get a little color around the edges. (Use a splash of water instead of oil for WFPB + Plantricious compliance).
  • Add the soaked beans to the pot together with the water and bay and bring to a simmer. Stir in the smoked paprika, onion and garlic powder. Cover with a tight lid and cook on low heat for about one hour. Make sure the pot is at a constant simmer. Stir a couple of times during cooking to make sure nothing sticks and check your brans at the 45 minute mark.
  • Once the texture of the beans is perfectly soft and creamy but the beans still hold their shape add the nutritional yeast. Season to taste with the smoked applewood sea salt at this point and extra red pepper flakes for heat.
  • Remove the lid and continue simmering if you like to reduce the soup at this point. Or If you prefer a thinner soup at this point feel free to add a little bit more water or veggie broth but not too much. (Also keep in mind that sometimes beans take longer sometimes less time to achieve that perfect texture so it's important to keep an eye on them).
  • Serve hot garnished with fresh tomato salsa, cilantro, avocado and a squeeze of fresh lime. Pairs well with a chunk of crusty bread, potato flatbread or crispy tortilla chips.

WFPB + Plantricious

  • To make your beans compliant just make sure to saute your veggies in water or veggie broth and omit all oil. Alternatively you can dump all the ingredients in one pot and cook away until done.
    Certified Plantricious Recipe

Slow Cooker Method

  • Literally throw everything but the salt into your crock and cook on low for 6 hours. Season to taste with the smoked sea salt and enjoy!


  • Storage: this soups stores well in glass containers with a lid and refrigerated for up to 6 days. Alternatively it can be frozen (after it has cooled down completely) in freezer proof mason jars or containers up to 6 months. 
  • Thicken: to thicken this soup even more you can continue cooking it down or carefully transfer about a third of it to a powerful blender and process until silky smooth then mix in with the rest of the bean soup. 


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3554IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg