Black bean and ham soup

Heather Disarro

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Black bean and ham soup brings the comfort in droves. Creamy beans, salty ham and a little bit of spice from fall chiles make this one soup you won't want to miss.

Black bean and ham soup

Black bean and ham soup

Serves 6-8


  • 1 pound black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 ham hock
  • 2 dried ancho chiles
  • 1 whole onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 quarts vegetable stock, plus more as needed


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large soup pot.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1 to 2 hours until the beans are soft and tender.
  3. Remove the chiles, onion halves and ham hock.
  4. If desired, mash some of the beans to create a thicker texture.
  5. Serve hot.

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.