Thursday, May 31, 2012

Spicy Mexican Bean and Vegetable Soup

Spicy Mexican Bean and Vegetable Soup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

This is a spicy tomato based soup, loaded with fresh vegetables, sausage and two kinds of beans. This soup came together in well under an hour and it was a delicious and simple meal to start our vacation. Arizona weather is all over the place these days. From 100+ days to the slightly chilly weather (just to clarify, anything under 65 qualifies as chilly for me!) at night, I realized today that I made everything from ice cream to soup this past week. Apparently, I can't decide what I'm in the mood for either.

I randomly decided to toss in a good amount of my favorite Mexican Spice Blend and I'm so glad that I did. I absolutely loved the heat and can't believe I hadn't thought of adding it to more soups this past year. I already have several ideas for dishes next winter, as I'm thinking that this will likely be the last of our hot soups this year.

Spicy Mexican Bean and Vegetable Soup

1 lb hot sausage
29 ounces petite diced tomatoes
16 ounces tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans or 1 can
1 1/2 cups cooked light red kidney beans or 1 can
3 ears corn or 1 can
6 baby zucchini, about 3 cups 1/4" slices
4 cups baby spinach
8 cups beef broth or 8 cups water plus 1 heaping tablespoon Better than Bouillon (or beef bouillon)
2 tablespoon Mexican Spice Mix (reduce to 1 tablespoon for a less spicy version)
1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Optional: shredded cheese of your choice; Parmesan or Pecorino Romano work well, as does a Mexican Cheese blend

In a large pot over medium heat, cook and crumble the sausage. Add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the zucchini and spinach. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and then add the zucchini. Simmer about 10-15 more minutes, or just until the zucchini is barely tender. Add the spinach and stir to wilt. If desired, serve topped with the cheese of your choice. Enjoy!


  1. I'll definitely be making this, if not this summer than next fall! I love spicy healthy veg-full soups!

  2. I am not a huge fan of veggie soups.. but every time I see one on your site, I want a big bowl of it!!

  3. This looks sooo good, and I love that your veggies are still vibrant! And I'm with you on the AZ weather, did you see the forecast for today? 109!

  4. 109?!?! Sheesh! I used to live in the desert too... totally remember that, and don't miss it, haha (at least, not too much...)
    This soup looks amazing! I pinned it.

  5. This soup is perfect for all the summer zucchini and corn---I know I've said it a million times but you have such a talent for capturing soups etc. in photos!

  6. We love soup any time, in any weather! This sounds like a great meal!

  7. This soups sounds wonderful. I am sure it would warm you on those chilly days.

  8. Okay now this looks like the kind of soup I could really go for!! Looks o delicious!

  9. It has been so cold and rainy here this week, I could use a big bowl of this right now! Looks amazing!

  10. It is so chilly this morning that I could handle a bowl of this....for breakfast!