Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup onion and red bell pepper, finely diced 2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cans (15 ounce) black beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups chicken broth

--Garnish--
4 ounces shredded or diced smoked ham
sour cream
pickled jalapeno or nacho peppers

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Saute 1/2 cup each finely diced onion and red pepper, cover and cook until tender. Add 2 cloves minced garlic and 1 teaspoon ground cumin and saute a few seconds. Add two (15 ounce) cans rinsed and drained black beans and 4 cups chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes to bring flavors together. If too thick, thin with water, then adjust seasoning. Garnish with 4 ounces finely shredded or diced smoked ham, sour cream and pickled jalapeno or nacho peppers, if you wish.

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