Mexican White Bean Soup


Dried beans are a pantry superhero - inexpensive and easy to prepare. Get a head start by cooking the beans in advance. They can be stored, covered and refrigerated, up to 3 days.

Mexican White Bean Soup
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Stand Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins


  • 1 ¼ cup dried navy beans (8 ounces)

  • 6 cup water

  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • 1 cup sliced celery (2 stalks)

  • 1 cup sliced carrots (2 medium)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 14.5 ounce can vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 cup water

  • 1 orange

  • 1 cup salsa verde

  • Light dairy sour cream (optional)

  • Fresh cilantro

  • Cayenne pepper


  1. Rinse beans. In a 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven combine beans and the 6 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans.

  2. In the Dutch oven cook onion, celery, carrots, and garlic in hot oil until tender. Stir in cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper. Add broth and the 2 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until beans are tender.

  3. Using a handheld immersion blender, blend mixture slightly. Using a handheld immersion blender, blend mixture slightly. (Or let soup cool slightly. Transfer mixture, one-third at a time, to a blender. Cover; blend slightly.) Return to Dutch oven. Finely shred 1 teaspoon peel from orange; then juice orange. Stir orange juice, peel, and salsa verde into soup; heat through. If desired, top with sour cream. Sprinkle with cilantro and cayenne pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

203 Calories
4g Fat
34g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 203
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Sodium 653mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 18.9mg 95%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 777mg 17%
Folate, total 165.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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