1jalapenochopped, adjust the quantity as per your heat preference.
4-5garlic clovesfinely chopped/ grated
Salt as per taste
4.5cupswateradjust the quantity to get the desired consistency.
Juice of 1/2 a limeadjust as per your taste
Garnish suggestions (Optional)
Chopped/ sliced avocado
Heat oil in a pot. Add chopped onions and saute till they become translucent.
Next, add the garlic and bay leaf, continue to saute till the raw smell of garlic goes away.
Add the celery, saute for about a minute before adding the bell peppers. Saute for 2-3 minutes and then add bouillon, salt, and all the other seasoning. Saute for a few seconds.
Now add the black beans, mix and cook for about 2 minutes. Take around 3 ladles of beans, put in the grinder with 2 tablespoons of water and make a smooth paste. Add this paste and water back to the pot.
Let the soup simmer for another 10-12 minutes. Switch off the gas.
Squeeze in fresh lime juice. Garnish with some salsa and tortilla chips. Enjoy!
Once the soup is ready, you can enjoy it just like that.
If you prefer a smooth, creamy bean soup, blend it completely with a hand blender or a food processor.
You can also choose a path in between which is my favorite way of enjoying this soup. For that, once the soup is ready just put a few ladles in a food processor, allow it to reach room temperature, and then add back the paste to the broth. This will give you a creamy base with vegetable and bean chunks to enjoy.