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Chorizo Black Bean Soup


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1 pound cured chorizo, casing removed and chopped

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated

  • 2 serrano peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 cans black beans (14 ounces each), drained

  • 3/4-1 quart chicken stock, depending on desired thickness

  • 2 ripe avocados

  • 1/2 cup regular or low fat sour cream

  • Zest and juice of 1 lime

  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley or cilantro (about a handful), chopped


Note: Younger chefs can make this recipe with the help of a grown-up helper (GH).

Place a large saucepan over medium-high heat with one turn of the pan of EVOO, about 1 tablespoon. Add the chorizo to the pan and cook until crispy, 4-5 minutes. Remove the chorizo from the pan and reserve. Add the onion, garlic, serrano peppers, paprika and some salt and pepper to the pan and cook until the onions are tender, about 5-6 minutes. Add the black beans and chicken stock to the pan and bring the liquids up to a bubble. Ladle a couple of scoops of the soup into the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Return the pureed soup to the pot and keep warm. After pureeing the beans, rinse the food processor bowl out and return it to the base. Remove the pit from the avocados and scoop them out into the bowl along with the sour cream, lime zest and juice and process until smooth.

Serve the soup topped with some avocado cream and reserved crispy chorizo. This is one of many "Yum-o!" recipes – it's good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael's nonprofit organization, go to