I am inspired by the food I eat at restaurants, and sometimes I want to take those and recreate them at home. One of my favorite dishes in Little Rock is the black bean soup at Izzy's. This isn't a copy, but I got inspired by the big bowl of beans and delicious flavors you can get at this local restaurant.
This is the Izzy's soup, which is flavorful and goes perfectly with a side salad. Much like the Izzy's soup, you could add avocado and cilantro to this soup and have a killer dish.
The thing I like most about this dish is you can make it in the crock pot, which means you have minimal prep time, then you can leave it and come back to a fully made dinner.
Izzy's Inspired Crock Pot Black Bean Soup
- 2 1/2 cup dried black beans
- 2 jalapeno
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 (10 oz) cans of diced tomatoes with green chili
- 32 oz vegetable stock
- 1 head of garlic
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1/2 bar dark chocolate
- 2 cups water
- 10 oz frozen kale
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tbs dried cumin
- Soak black beans in water overnight.
- Drain water and rinse.
- Chop jalapeno, onion and garlic into small pieces.
- Add all ingredients to a large crock pot.
- Cook on low for 10 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Serve with corn bread or chips, and top with avocado, vegan cheese, and/or cilantro.
This soup is so easy, and in no time, you'll have a great dinner. It freezes well, so you can divide it into portions and save it for later.
Dried beans are so easy. You can use canned ones in the recipe, but you'll have to lessen the cook time. This is the perfect recipe to give dried beans a chance, if you are new to them. It's so much cheaper, and you will come out with something really healthy and flavorful.
You can omit the coconut oil if you're trying to cut back on calories. It's really there to give the soup some fat and depth of flavor, but you can take it out if you so choose.
I served our dinner with jalapeno cornbread from the Veganomicon. Instead of baking them in muffin tins, I put them on a baking sheet and made cookies. It turned out great.
This soup may not taste just like the one at Izzy's, and it has more veggies (kale), but it's really good.
What's your favorite crock pot soup? Do you like a bowl of something warm when it's cold? Leave me a comment!