Vegan Recipe: Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes ~ and a GIVEAWAY!

serves 4-5 ~ about $2.50 per serving

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I was having a friend over for a weekend dinner and suggested we have Black Bean and Sweet Potato soup. So, I was quite happy when Dreena Burton asked me to do a blog post about one of the recipes from her new vegan ebook and it turned out to be … her Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes! You could say it was quite a coincidence.

The soup turned out really well. The recipe is well done, the flavors are balanced, and it’s seasoned just about right. I topped mine with a dollop of raw almond cheese and a squeeze of lime, but a little bit of avocado would go well, too.

This soup has an irresistible quality, the flavors are deep and
earthy with some sweetness from the potatoes. Don’t let the number of
ingredients intimidate you – they build layers of flavor, but this soup is not
at all difficult to make!

  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups chopped onions (one large onion)
  • 1 1/2 cups combination of chopped red peppers and green peppers
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste (generous is good)
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice (rounded)
  • 1/4 tsp (or less/more, to taste) red pepper flakes
  • 4 medium-large cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 4 1/2 – 5 cups black beans (reserve 1 cup; this is three 14 or 15
    oz cans)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed (in small chunks, about 1/2”) yellow sweet
    potato (or can substitute      white
  • Chopped cilantro for serving
  • Extra lime wedges for serving
  • Chopped avocado tossed with lemon juice and dash of salt, for
In a large pot over medium-high heat, add water, onions, red and
green peppers, salt and pepper, cumin seeds, oregano, allspice, and red pepper
flakes. Let cook for 5-7 minutes until onions and peppers start to soften. Add
garlic. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and let cook another few minutes to
soften garlic – if sticking/burning, add another splash of water. 
After a few
minutes of cooking, add 3 1/2 cups beans (reserving one cup of beans), water,
tomato paste, vinegar, lime juice, and maple syrup (start with 1/2 teaspoon). Using
an immersion blender, puree soup until fairly smooth. 
Increase heat to bring to
boil, add bay leaf and diced sweet potatoes, then once at boil reduce and let
simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add remaining cup of black beans and extra maple
syrup if desired (taste test). 
Stir through, let simmer for another few
minutes, then serve, topping with cilantro if desired and with lime wedges.
Also delicious to top soup with some chopped seasoned avocado or a simple
guacamole.  Serves 4-5 as main course.


Dreena is the author of several popular vegan cookbooks, including The Everyday Vegan, eat drink and be vegan, Viva le Vegan!, and Let Them Eat Vegan!
She’s also giving away a copy of her new ebook, Plant Powered 15, which is where this recipe appears.

Plant-Powered 15 is a collection of fifteen whole foods vegan recipes,
all oil-free and flavor-full.  Recipes include: “Mac-nificent”, “Sticky
Almond Blondies”, “Umami Sun-dried Tomato and Almond Burgers”, “Creamy
House Dressing”, “Wonder Spread”, “Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes”,
“Almond Zen Granola”… and more!

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Winner will be announced on April 25!

Lisa Viger Gotte

Hello! I'm Lisa, an artist, photographer, author, gardener, navel-gazer, and lover of the planet and all its inhabitants. I draw and paint, cook, write, take lots of pics, eat lots of chocolate, and practice gratitude daily.

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64 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    What does this recipe have to do with raw. Canned beans are cooked!

  2. Christy B says:

    That soup looks fantastic! I hope to make that recipe very soon. Healthy and delicious.
    Thank you 🙂

  3. SweetlySi says:

    I love finding new recipes and healthier alternative to my favorite meals! Winning this ebook would get me one step further on my wellness journey!

  4. Billie Jean says:

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  7. Billie Jean says:

    That's looks so delicious! I absolutely love back beans and sweet potatoes, can never get enough of them!

  8. Sharrie Best says:

    I liked you on Facebook.

  9. Sharrie Best says:

    Definitely going to try this soup!

  10. Faith Thomas says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway (@faiththomas)

  11. Faith Thomas says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    I follow you on Twitter (@faiththomas)

  13. CH says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    This web site is so inspiring.

  14. Ana says:

    Awesome giveaway, Dreena's books are great!!
    And what a great recipe, will try it next week 🙂
    Fingers crossed here!

  15. Nice giveaway!! Also a good way to advertise a great website! I'll be stopping by thanks 😉

  16. Tam says:

    love Dreena's recipes. that soup sounds delicious.

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    Love Dreena's Stuff!

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    …and shared the link to the giveaway 😉

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    Liked you on Facebook…

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    And followed you on Twitter.

  21. CH says:

    Followed you on Pinterest.

  22. CH says:

    I just read about the eBook – it sounds great!

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  25. Lori R. says:

    Miss Lisa,

    I am truly excited to have found your site and your recipes, as your posting states, coincidence, divine guidance, or synchronicity! I greatly look forward to making each of these recipes.

    Much Gratitude,
    In Light Eternal and Love Unconditional
    Lori Rivera
    Illuminous World

  26. drevas says:

    Following on Pinterest

  27. drevas says:

    Following on fb

  28. drevas says:

    Can't wait to try this soup!

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  32. Beth Mickens says:

    Wow this book sounds fab!!

  33. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! I can't wait to try it with a freshly baked loaf of rustic Italian bread, especially in this week of superchilly sleety days. This is just the remedy! 🙂

  34. oooh that flavor combo sounds divine!

  35. If this is open overseas, I would be happy to win as I only have one vegan cookbook and it's without pictures,haha. c:

  36. Kat says:

    the recipe looks great, and your photos are gorgeous!

  37. H.C>. says:

    I'm following you on Pinterest!

  38. H.C>. says:

    I don't own any of Dreena's books so thanks for posting a sample of her recipe here. Looks yummy!

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    Following you on pinterest!

  41. Devona says:

    Sounds super yummy!

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  43. Somehow missed that you were on pinterest- now following you there too!

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  45. I'm subscribed to the blog already

  46. This looks fabulous, you're right, Dreena's recipes are so well thought out- she's such a talented woman.

  47. m says:

    The recipe looks simple & delicious! Thanksà

  48. Following you on Pinterest! Thanks for this recipe! I will be trying it in the future!

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  50. Amy says:

    Sounds fantastic!

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  52. Amanda Kay says:

    That looks great!

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  54. Harry says:

    Having this for dinner tonight..thank you!

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  57. I was worried what a raw black bean soup would be about but now this looks smashing! Can't wait to try it! 🙂

  58. Cassandra says:

    That recipe sounds really yummy!