Black bean and sweet potato soup

So that beautiful weather we got last week that allowed me to go for my first outdoor run of the season? Gone. It’s been replaced by wind, chill, and snow. I’m not impressed!

But this black bean and sweet potato soup I whipped up over the weekend makes the crappy weather slightly more tolerable. It’s warm, hearty, and so filling! Did I mention it’s vegan and chock full of protein too?

This black bean and sweet potato soup is a healthy cold weather dinner that's dairy free, gluten free, nut free, and vegan!

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup
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This black bean and sweet potato soup is a healthy cold weather dinner that's dairy free, gluten free, nut free, and vegan!
Yield: 4-6 servings
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium cooking onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (5-6 cups chopped)
  • 2 cans (19-oz each) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups salt-free vegetable stock
  • ¼ tsp salt, or more to taste
  • Avocado, Greek yogurt, lime wedges, and/or cilantro for serving
  1. In a large soup pot, heat up the olive oil and add the chopped onion. Reduce heat to medium low and saute for about 5 minutes, or until translucent. Add the garlic and spices, and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  2. Then add the chopped sweet potato, 1 can of beans, and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover with a lid, and let simmer for about 20 minutes or until the sweet potato is soft.
  3. Meanwhile puree the other can of black beans in a food processor with a bit of water to help it blend. Then stir the puree into the soup and continue to cook until done.
  4. Serve with diced avocado, plain Greek yogurt, lime wedges and/or cilantro.

This black bean and sweet potato soup is a healthy cold weather dinner that's dairy free, gluten free, nut free, and vegan!

What’s your favourite kind of soup?


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30 Responses to Black bean and sweet potato soup

  1. Man this looks delicious! Normally, I'm not a huge soup fan, but the ingredients in this sounds so good! :)Sorry to hear about the cold, chilly weather though, that's a bummer. At least your tummy can keep warm with this yumminess! :D

  2. Oooh this looks right up my alley! Thanks for the recipe. I'm hating the cold weather too. I used to like tomato soup a lot, but now the only soupy thing I eat often is chili..

  3. Wow, I need to make that! Thanks for posting the recipe, it looks like the perfect cold weather meal.

  4. This looks so good! I adore sweet potatoes and they are only made better with black beans… I want to try this with a couple of jalapenos in it too. I'm a glutton for a runny nose. :)

  5. yum! i'm totally a chili eater, but do enjoy french onion or broccoli cheddar occassionally… ya know, the healthy versions of course! ;)

  6. Loooove your recipes. This is right up my alley! Where do you find time? :(

  7. I came across your blog a little while ago and I just wanted to say that I really enjoy it! I'm a Biomedical Science major at a uni in Southern Ontario so it's nice to read posts by someone of a similar age and with very similar interests as me…I feel like we're quite under-represented in the nutrition, healthy living and food blog world! Keep it coming!

  8. yum! This looks great! I was just thinking today that it was time to make some bean soup! We are SO on the same wavelength ;)

  9. I am now wishing it was freezing in Mumbai so that I've had an excuse to make this soup…who am I kidding, I don't need any excuse ;)! SOunds delicious! Butternut squash is definitely a favorite- so creamy!

  10. Oh man, that looks delicious! Want!My fav soup is chili… that is, if chili counts as soup.

  11. MEATLESS MONDAY APPROVED!A weird soup I love is "sailor's stew" — it's got kidney beans, corn, peas, onions, diced tomatoes, and bacon (tempeh bacon now?)–and is best served with crusty bread or croissants and butter. :) Love. I need to make some soon!

  12. What a cool soup! I am obsessed with black beans and anything with them. I'd say black bean soup might be my fave but my college had some amazing soups at the place I worked, like a pork verde chili and a chocolate espresso chili (black beans with a HINT of cocoa and espresso). I also love a good minestrone that is light on noodles and HEAVY on veggies. My college had a great one of those too with CHICKPEAS for protein punch.I took spin on Sunday – woo hoo!

  13. My favorite soup is black bean soup. I think sweet potato sounds like an epic addition!! This sounds awesome!

  14. That sounds excellent! I love crock pot chili with sweet potatoes and turkey!

  15. Thank you for the vegan recipe! Where do you get salt-free vegetable broth?

  16. I am such a sucker for a good black bean soup!

  17. I love Minestrone, but this soup looks delicious! There is no better flavor combination then sweet potato and black bean.

  18. What school to you go to? I'm curious if you go to mine! Shoot me an email at if you don't feel comfortable responding in the comments. :)

  19. That sounds so good – especially a vegetarian version with tempeh bacon!

  20. I buy salt-free vegetable stock cubes at my grocery store! But I've seen salt-free vegetable stock in cartons as well.

  21. Ooh that looks yummo. Bit hot for soup here, sadly! I love it. I think my favourite would be pumpkin. Or maybe mushroom? Too many to choose from!

  22. Fantastic recipe… and I love the addition of the avocado on top, yum! My favorite is a hearty vegetable soup with beans. Also a sweet potato one is wonderful!

  23. Meg

    finally :) the recipe I kept hearing about! i love how you topped it with avo :D perfect!!!!!!!!

  24. nice idea.. thanks for posting..

  25. how many calories would you say this soup has per serving? say i ate it in 4 servings. just wondering because I'm trying to put on weight in a healthy way and hopefully this reaches the level for one of my meals, looks so yum!

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  28. This recipe looks great! In the directions, you say to add water at the same time the vegetable stock is added but there is no measurement for water in the ingredients list. Can you tell us how much water to add please? Thanks! Sylvia

    • Chelsea

      Hi Sylvia, sorry for the confusion! It shouldn’t have water in the directions – just the vegetable stock. I’ve fixed it now!

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