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Tropical Black Bean and Collard Green Soup

Long-cooking or cooking in a pressure cooker often mellows out seasonings, so I add them in two stages, some before the beans are cooked and some after. Be sure to taste your beans to decide if and how much extra seasoning they need.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 8
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Susan Voisin


  • 1 pound dried black beans (about 2 cups)
  • 1 large onion , chopped
  • 3 ribs celery , diced
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger-root , minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Ancho chili powder (or other pure, mild chili powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder or cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup carrots , diced or sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • additional chili powder , to taste
  • salt , to taste
  • 12 ounces collard greens , cut into bite-sized pieces (or use the greens of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 orange , sliced, for garnish


  • Rinse the beans and pick over them to remove any debris. Cover with water and either allow to soak at least 8 hours or do a quick soak by bringing to a boil for 1 minute and then allowing to soak for an hour. Keep soaking until you are ready to cook, and then drain the soaking liquid.
  • Heat a large pot or pressure cooker; spray lightly with olive oil if desired. Add the onion and celery and cook, stirring, until softened. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute.
  • Add the drained beans, 7 cups of water (6 if pressure cooking), thyme, chili powders, allspice, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil.
  • If pressure cooking, lock on the lid and bring to high pressure. Cook at high pressure for 9 minutes. Remove from heat and allow pressure to come down naturally.
  • If cooking in a regular pot, simmer until beans are very tender, 1-2 hours depending on your beans. If beans seem too dry, add additional water.
  • Once beans are tender, puree using a hand blender or in batches in a regular blender. Return to pot and add remaining ingredients, except orange juice, and add salt and chili powder to taste. Simmer until carrots and collards are tender. Add orange juice just before serving. Serve garnished with orange slices on top or on the side.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.1g | Protein: 12.6g | Fat: 1.2g | Sodium: 78.1mg | Fiber: 10.9g | Sugar: 6.5g