Refried Bean Soup

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  • 12 Tbls. olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 lg. carrot, diced (I used a handful of baby carrots)
  • 1/2 C. diced, roasted red bell pepper (from a jar, or use 1 red bell pepper, diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 Tbls. chipotle puree*
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 C. vegetable (or chicken) stock
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 can black or pinto beans (drained and rinsed)

Garnish Suggestions:

Sliced green onions

Chopped cilantro

Grated cheese

Sour cream


  1. In soup pot, saute onions and carrots in olive oil, until soft.
  2. Add garlic and roasted red bell peppers and sauté a couple more minutes.
  3. Add chipotle puree and spices and stir to combine.
  4. Add stock, tomatoes (undrained) and refried beans. Bring to boil while stirring to combine refried beans into the soup.
  5. Reduce heat, add black or pinto beans and continue to simmer for flavors to meld.
  6. You can eat right away if you’re in a hurry, or let it simmer 10-15 minutes (good time to make a salad or quesadilla!).


* For the chipotle puree, I blend a can of chipotles en adobo and then freeze it in tablespoon size portions to cook with. You could just chop up a chipotle pepper from the can with a little of the sauce, or just add chipotle pepper spice. Or even chile powder…this recipe is all about using what you have on hand.