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Guatemalan Black Bean Soup


This authentic Guatemalan Black Bean Soup is healthy, filling and easy to make. Hearty and delicious this soup makes a wonderful side dish or an entire meal unto itself.
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Guatemalan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • 1 lb Black Beans
  • 5 ½ cups Water
  • ¾ cup Chopped onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp. Salt


  • Sort through the beans and pick out any dirt or rocks. Rinse the beans thoroughly then soak in fresh water for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Drain and rinse beans then place in a pot with the 5 ½ cups cooking water. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic.
  • Place lid on the pot and bring to a boil, leaving a crack so your pot will not boil over. Reduce to a medium simmer or low boil and cook for about 45 minutes stirring occasionally. If the beans are still too firm cook for another 10 minutes or until beans are very soft.
  • Add salt. Serve with boiled eggs, sour cream and crumbly white cheese.