Black Bean and Sausage Soup

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
Calories: 391 kcal

Thick and hearty with big chunks of smoked kielbasa, this chunky, satisfying soup is delicious on a cold day!



for the soup

  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 pound smoked kielbasa sausage cut into 1/2" - 1" chunks
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 medium onion peeled and diced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and diced
  • 1/2 sweet bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chile paste or 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder recipe on this site
  • 1 - 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Optional Garnish:

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


  1. Place black beans in a large pot and cover with water, soak overnight until beans have doubled in volume

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Add the carrots, onion jalapeño and bell pepper. Cook 3-4 minutes until vegetables start to soften, stirring occasionally.

  5. 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.

  6. Serve with fresh cilantro leaves, diced avocado and/or a few dashes of hot sauce, if desired. Oyster crackers are a great accompaniment too.

Nutrition Facts
Black Bean and Sausage Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 976mg 41%
Potassium 1091mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 4g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 82.1%
Vitamin C 19.1%
Calcium 9.2%
Iron 22.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.