Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

Submitted by:Rob Gilfeather

A hearty winter soup, the sweet potatoes contrast nicely with the tang of the yogurt and the tartness of the lime. Aniseed provides a hint of licorice flavor, but can be omitted or replaced with fennel seed or 1 star anise pod (just discard the star anise before blending).


  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped 
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground coriander 
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground cumin 
  • 1/2 tsp. aniseed (or fennel seed or 1 star anise pod as substitutes) 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 
  • 2 quarts low-salt chicken broth or vegetable broth 
  • Four 15.5-oz. or two 29-oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained 
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into medium dice 
  • Kosher or sea salt 
  • uice of 1/2 a lime 
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (optional) 
  • Thin lime slices for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a 6-quart Dutch oven. Add the onions and cook until starting to soften and brown very slightly, about 8 minutes. 
  2. Add the garlic, coriander, cumin, aniseed, and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 
  3. Add 1-1/2 quarts of the broth (reserve the remainder), beans, sweet potatoes, and 3/4 tsp. salt and bring to a boil over high heat. 
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, set aside 4 cups of the beans and potatoes. Puree the remaining soup in batches in a blender. Alternatively, use a handheld stick blender to puree the contents of the pot. If the soup is not thin enough, add the reserved broth and bring to a brief simmer. 
  6. Return the solids to the soup along with the fresh lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  7. Serve topped with a dollop of the yogurt (if using) and garnish with a lime slice. 
* Makes approx. 14 cups (8 servings) *You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Serving sizeabout 1-3/4 cups

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