Black Bean and Sausage Soup

A bowl of black bean and sausage soup.

This isn’t your average sausage bean soup! This easy black bean soup recipe makes a large pot of hearty goodness. Use dried black beans for the base of the soup and big chunks of kielbasa and a cumin-chili spiked broth to round out the flavors of this Black Bean and Sausage Soup.

soaking dry black beans in water.

A thick, hearty potage is just the thing to warm you up on a cold day and this is one of our favorites.  Black Bean and Sausage Soup is smoky, rich and satisfying and you’ll love it with a cornbread muffin or wedge of this cheddar bacon jalapeño cornbread.

slicing kielbasa sausage.

This soup starts with a bag of dried black beans, covered with water and soaked overnight (or you can do the quick soak method which brings them to a boil, simmers for two minutes, then sits for an hour with the lid tightly closed).  To cook the beans completely, bring them to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 1 1/2-2 hours until they’re tender.  Don’t salt the beans, while they’re simmering — it’ll make the skins tough.

browning kielbasa sausage in a dutch oven.

Kielbasa sausage adds a meaty quality to the pot of beans.  I cook the sausage separately until it’s browned and has rendered some of its fat.  Transfer the sausage to a bowl, leaving the renderings in the pot.

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Sauteing vegetables in the grease from the kielbasa.

Saute the vegetables in the sausage fat, until they’re tender.

Adding spices and seasonings to the vegetables.

To give this soup a more intense smoky flavor, season the vegetables with cumin and chile paste.  The chile paste that I’ve used here is made from New Mexico dried chiles.  Heated in a heavy bottomed pan to release their natural oils, reconstituted in hot water and a swirled to a thick paste in the blender.  If you don’t want to use dried chiles, you could use canned or jarred Guajillo chile paste or dried chile powder.

Adding the soaked and cooked black beans and broth to the vegetables.

Transfer the cooked beans and their liquid to the pot and give it a good stir to blend everything together.

Adding cooked kielbasa sausage to the black bean soup.

Next, add in the cooked sausage and a bit of chicken broth, so you’ve got ample stock for your soup.

Garnishing black bean sausage soup with cilantro.

This soup is like a cross between chili and a pot of beans.  It’s brawny.  Thick, and satiating.  Kielbasa adds that savory meat element my guy appreciates.  And it makes a whole mess of soup!   So gather a hungry crowd and have at it!

A cup of sausage and black bean soup.


Can I use a different sausage for the black bean soup?

Sure. Try Spanish Chorizo (smoked) or cooked and sliced Hot Italian sausage links.

How long will black bean and sausage soup last in the refrigerator?

It should keep up to a week in a sealed container.

Can I freeze the black bean soup recipe?

Yes. It will keep well in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Spooning up the soup and oyster crackers.

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A cup of black bean sausage soup with oyster crackers.
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Black Bean and Sausage Soup

Thick and hearty with big chunks of smoked kielbasa, this chunky, satisfying soup is delicious on a cold day!
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword beans, black beans, dried beans, kielbasa, sausage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8


for the soup

  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ pound smoked kielbasa sausage cut into 1/2″ – 1″ chunks
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 medium onion peeled and diced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and diced
  • ½ sweet bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¼ cup chile paste or 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder recipe on this site
  • 1 – 2 cups chicken stock from rotisserie chicken or low-sodium broth
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Optional Garnish:

  • fresh cilantro
  • avocado diced
  • hot sauce if desired such as Crystal
  • oyster crackers


  • Place black beans in a large pot and cover with water, soak overnight until beans have doubled in volume
  • Rinse and drain beans twice.  Add fresh water to the beans until they are covered by about 1 1/2″ water.  Heat the beans to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook 1 1/2-2 hours or until beans are tender.
  • In a large dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the smoked sausage and cook 4-5 minutes until it starts to render some fat and starts to brown.  Scoop the sausage out of the pot and transfer to a bowl.
  • Add the carrots, onion jalapeño and bell pepper. Cook 3-4 minutes until vegetables start to soften, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the cumin and chile paste or powder and cook until vegetables and sausage are coated and mixture is fragrant.  Add the cooked beans and their liquid to the vegetable mixture.  Stir in the chicken broth, sausage and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.  Taste for seasoning, adding additional teaspoon of salt if needed.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the flavors have married.
  • Serve with fresh cilantro leaves, diced avocado and/or a few dashes of hot sauce, if desired. Oyster crackers are a great accompaniment too.


Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 976mg | Potassium: 1091mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4105IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. This looks like an awesome soup that is comforting and warming 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    This black bean soup looks both comforting and delicious! The color is so rich and beautiful!! I can just imagine how it tastes! Hubby and I need this in our life right now after shoveling for hours in the frigid air!! I have to make this real soon!

  3. 5 stars
    This soup looks so homey and comforting. It’s warming up a bit where I am, but I can always go for a pot of soup!

    1. lucky you for the warming — still too cold where I am.

  4. 5 stars
    Kielbasa and black beans are both some of my favorite ingredients. We eat a lot of soup during fll and winter so having some more new recipes to try is perfect especially if it’s super delicious like this one!

  5. 5 stars
    I love how much flavor and fresh ingredients you added to this soup. Wish I had a bowl of it to eat for my lunch!

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve heard that the temperature is about to plummet in my neck of the woods, and that means I need all the soup my spoon can find! This recipe looks so hearty and satisfying. I’m such a fan of cumin, so this is definitely my kind of soup!