Black Bean Soup With Lime Popcorn


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time30 mins
  • Makes4 servings
Black Bean Soup With Lime Popcorn

Photography by Erik Putz. Food styling by Matthew Kimura. Prop styling by Madeleine Johari.

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Tajín seasoning can be found in the Latin American section of most grocery stores. You can also substitute a pinch each of salt and cayenne pepper.


  • 1 1/2 tbsp canola oil

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 serrano or jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional)

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds

  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 4 cups drained, cooked black beans, (or 2 540-mL cans black beans, drained and rinsed)

  • 5 cups bean liquid (from cooking dried beans) or vegetable broth, divided

  • 2 bay leaves

Lime popcorn

  • 1/2 freshly popped Popcorn

  • 2 tsp lime juice

  • 1/4 tsp Tajín seasoning


  • Heat a medium pot over medium. Add oil, then onion and serrano. Cook, stirring often, until onion is softened, 3 to 4 min. Add garlic, cumin, fennel seeds, oregano and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are light golden, 2 to 3 min.

  • Add beans, 4 cups bean liquid and bay leaves. Increase heat to high. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, until beans are tender and skins start to split, 12 to 15 min.

  • Discard bay leaves, then transfer bean mixture to a blender. Blend until smooth, adding remaining 1 cup bean liquid, if needed, for a thinner consistency. Divide soup among bowls.

  • Lime popcorn: Toss popcorn with lime juice and Tajín. Sprinkle over soup.

Kitchen tips

  • Soup will continue to thicken as it sits. Add a splash of bean liquid or vegetable broth to thin it out.
  • If your blender doesn’t have a locking lid, remove the lid’s venting piece and place a kitchen towel overtop to allow steam to escape while blending.
  • For more on how to cook dried beans, check out our guide here. 

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 280, Protein 13g, Carbohydrates 42g, Fat 7g, Fibre 12g, Sodium 1mg.

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