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Bumblebee Soup - A Bacon, Black Bean and Corn Chowder Recipe

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Bumblebee Soup - A Bacon, Black Bean and Corn Chowder Recipe
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If you're a fan of hearty soups, this black bean and corn chowder recipe is for you. The sweet corn is perfect with the black beans, and the chipotle pepper gives this chowder a nice kick.

Makes about 10 Cups of Black Bean and Corn Chowder

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 4 strips bacon, sliced in 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 (15-oz) cans black beans, drained
  • 2 cups fresh corn, or frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder, optional
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


Add bacon to a cold saucepan, and over medium heat, cook until the bacon is crisp. Reserve bacon, and leave 2 tablespoons bacon fat in the pan. Over medium heat sauté the onions with a pinch of salt for about 5 minutes, or until it becomes translucent.

Add the garlic, sauté for 2 minutes, and then pour in the broth, and half the reserved bacon. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 20 minutes.

If a thicker soup is desired, take a potato masher and carefully mash some of the black beans against the bottom of the pan. This will thicken the soup. The more you mash, the thicker the soup will get. After mashing some of the black beans, let it simmer for another 10 minutes to achieve the desired texture.

Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve hot with the remaining bacon over the top as a garnish.
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 5 out of 5
A new family favorite, Member Hamstersniffer

This soup is so delicious and so easy to make. The colors of the reddish base with the black beans and yellow corn are a feast for the eyes. It is important to rinse the black beans before adding them to the soup. This dish has just a slight amount of heat, just enough for a great flavor but not enough to worry about serving it to the kids. I never like to be argumentive but I must disagree with a previous review that said this dish lacks the complexity to stand alone as a main dish. That's exactly how we serve it with nothing alongside other than some cornbread or fresh warm tortillas. Certainly, you could serve something alongside like a sandwich but it's definitely not a necessity. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

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