Smokey Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

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When I was younger I absolutely hated soup.  I thought of it more as a gross, hot drink filled with yucky chunky vegetables, rather than a soothing, soul warming, wholesome meal.  I just didn’t understand the idea behind it and had no idea why it even existed.

Then one day, I discovered thick, creamy soups like this one and now I can’t get enough!  I’ve also since come around to the idea of soups in general, but thick blended soups are still my favorites.  I’ve been known to make my soups so thick that someone once asked if I was eating baby food, ha!  But the beauty with this soup is that you can add as much or as little liquid as you like.

Have you guys read Kate’sWhat’s In Season?” posts before?  They are some of my favorite posts and I get so much inspiration looking at all the beautiful produce pictures.  When I looked at her March post I was so excited to see that sweet potatoes are still in season this month.

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If you know me, you know that I love sweet potatoes so I jumped on the chance to use them again.  Sweet potatoes, black beans, and avocados are some of my favorite flavors so I figured they would taste great all blended together in a hearty soup.  And, trust me, they really do!  But the real secret ingredient in here is the smoked paprika.  It is one of my favorite ingredients and adds a delicious smokey flavor to this soup that goes so well with the Mexican theme going on here.  Now, it’s not mandatory, but I would really recommend topping this soup with a few big slices of avocado and some tortilla strips!  I hope you all are staying warm out there :)

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Smokey Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Soup, Gluten Free, Vegan


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic,minced
  • 3 cups peeled and diced sweet potato, 1/4 inch diced
  • 3 cups cooked black beans, or 2 -15 oz cans drained
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3-4 cups vegetable stock, depending on how thick you want your soup


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, a pinch of salt and stir for 3 minutes. Then add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add sweet potato, black beans, and all the spices. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add stock, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are cooked through.
  2. Using a cup or soup ladle, scoop out 2 cups of the sweet potato and black beans and set aside. Let soup cool and then using an immersion blender, blender, or food processor blend the remaining soup together. Turn the heat back on and add back in the reserved sweet potato and black beans. Heat soup, stirring occasionally, until hot.
  3. Serve with your favorite garnishes: cilantro, red onion, avocado, tortilla strips, salsa etc…


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If you like this soup, you will love these Baked Black Bean & Sweet Potato Taquitos!

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    • She Likes Food says

      Black Beans are one of my favorite foods too, Dannii!! They also seem to go so well with so many things!

  1. says

    First of all, how do so many people hate soup? My favorite after school snack was always a cup of tomato soup and apparently I’m the weirdo for that :-p This soup looks innnncredible. Anything where the name starts with smokey black bean, I’m on board.

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, Kelly! Not a weirdo at all! I think I just didn’t care for vegetables much when I was a kid! Thank goodness I got over that! I’m so on board with any and all things with smokey black beans too :)

  2. says

    I just can’t get enough of soup, as I could practically eat it all day, every day! This black bean soup looks amazing, Izzy! I love the sweet potatoes and smokey flavor. Definitely takes this dish to a whole new level!

    • She Likes Food says

      I could too, Gayle!! I have to pack lots of soup in in the winter because it is far too hot to eat in the summer! Thanks, Gayle :)

    • She Likes Food says

      I 100% agree, Katie!! I can’t believe I didn’t like it as a kid! Thank goodness I have come around and love soup these days :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Laura! I think I’ve been eating black beans every day for months now :) And you always gotta have sweet potatoes!

    • She Likes Food says

      Yum!!! I was just thinking about pouring the leftover soup over some nachos, haha! I hope you enjoyed your snow day today :)

  3. says

    This is so funny, because just last night Shawn and I were talking about things we hated as a kid. Mine was nuts. Hated nuts! Nothing was worse than getting a cookie and there was a nut in it. Oh how our taste buds evolve. This soup sounds so delicious. And healthy too! GREAT pictures Isadora!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Natalie!! I think I’m finally figuring out how to use that Ego light! It is so funny to think of the things we hated as kids! If I had the same taste buds, I would pretty much only be eating grilled cheese and chocolate milk! Although, I do still love those foods :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Annie! I just had a huge bowl for dinner tonight and I’m gonna be so sad when it is all gone! You definitely need the toppings!

  4. says

    Oh my that post from Kate was fabulous! Thanks for pointing me to it! I couldn’t agree more about smoky paprika! Love it and especially love it paired with black beans and sweet potatoes. This soup is what I’ll be whippin up this weekend, Izzy. It’s so cozy, comforting, spicy and packed with nutrients! I’ll be fryin up a few tortilla strips too. I think Rob will be okay with this… you know, he’s not much of a sweet potato fan. I am determined to change that… hehe! xo

    • She Likes Food says

      Isn’t it the best?! It adds such a great smokey flavor to EVERYTHING!! You gotta have the tortilla strips! Uhhh, Eric doesn’t love the sweet potatoes either! What is wrong with our men??!! If you blend this soup enough, he won’t even be able to tell though :)

  5. says

    Black beans and sweet potatoes are such an awesome combination, and this soup is right up my alley! I’m surprised I haven’t added sweet potatoes to my black bean soup yet, but I’ll definitely be doing it next time! Pinned.

    • She Likes Food says

      I would highly recommend adding sweet potatoes to your black bean soup next time, Marcie! You won’t regret it :)

  6. says

    This soup looks so thick and amazing! I love sweet potatoes and black beans together.

  7. says

    Oh smoked paprika how I love you!! I think it may be my very favorite spice – it’s magical :) This soup looks absolutely wonderful! Sweet potato and black beans are just so good together!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks Ashley! Isn’t it the best?! It turns ordinary meals into smokey delicious meals! It is magical :)

  8. says

    What I just love about your recipes is the fantastic (and very colourful!) Mexican influence, Izzy. I also really love how healthy these thick kinds of soups are. Once you’ve made the soup it’s like eating a bowl full of vitamins without any effort!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Helen!! Mexican food is definitely my favorite kind! If you haven’t noticed, haha! It really is like eating a bowl full of vitamins! I love your take on it :)

  9. says

    This recipe looks delish! I am doing a round up post on nutritious soups. I would like to feature yours. Could I possibly use one of your photos, credit your site and provide a back link? Thanks for considering. Sarah

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Sarah! I hope I’m not too late in responding! Thank you so much for asking, and yes, you can definitely feature my recipe in your roundup!

  10. Danielle says

    I just finished making your soup! It’s great. Thanks for the recipe! I love the way the sweet potatoes balance everything out. The only thing I changed was the addition of chipotle powder, since I had it kicking around. I will definitely be checking back for more recipes – the tostadas look delicious too!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks so much, Danielle! I’m so glad you liked it! I bet the addition of chipotle powder of delicious! I need to get my hands on some of that :)

  11. Jessie Berlin says

    I made this recipe, and it was delicious! I was able to omit the oil entirely and just keep an eye on the onions, moving them around regularly, while they were cooking. Since I didn’t have smoked paprika, I just used 1/4 tsp more of the regular paprika. I will definitely be making this again.

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Jessie, I’m so glad you liked this soup! Also good to know it works well without the oil! Thanks so much for your comment :)

  12. says

    Hi Izzy,

    I found this recipe via Alexis @ Hummusapien (one of my favorites!). I just finished making this and it is excellent! Sweet potato, black bean and avocado is one of my favorite combos too. :) It was a little too sweet for me for a black bean soup, so I added a 1/2 cup salsa, cayenne and chili powder. I just had a bowl with crushed Beanitos lime chips, avocado and a dash of Cholula and it is SO GOOD. Pinned as a keeper! Thanks so much, keep up the great work!


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