Smoky Bean Soup (adapted from here)
6-8 cloves garlic, minced (smoked garlic is yummy here too)
1 T smoked paprika
2 tsp cumin
1-2 tsp chipotle powder (depending on how hot you like it)
2 cans petite diced tomatoes (14-15 oz)
2 cans black bean refried beans
2 cans black beans
2 c. frozen corn
salt to taste
(water or chicken broth as needed)
Saute the garlic in the olive oil 1-2 min on medium until cooked. Add the spices and stir around, letting the spices heat up a bit. Add the canned and frozen goods, including liquids. Stir well to get the refried beans to break up. Add additional water/chicken broth as needed. Cook on medium, watching to be sure it doesn't scorch for 20-30 minutes. Serve with any or all of sliced avocado, cheese, sour cream/yogurt, green onion, lime juice, and cilantro.
Alternative: Cook garlic and spices as directed above. Transfer to crockpot. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for 6-8 hrs. This works the best really!