Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Pinto Bean Soup

3 WWPP Posted by 9 years ago 5 Comments

I don’t know WHAT came over me yesterday. I just felt like cooking ALL day. It started with the Tropical Pineapple Core Smoothie. Then the toddler and I made some Homemade Whole Wheat Thin Crust Pizza Dough for lunch. And the whole time I had this soup on the stove.

I knew I was only making it for me. The toddler has declared his hate of soup multiple times and if it ain’t Chicken Noodle or French Onion the husband won’t bother.

So I decided to REALLY make it only for me. Inspired by a bag of dry pinto beans that have been in my pantry for well over a year and some stock I recently made from a beer can chicken last week, I went to town.

I normally use canned beans but the dry are so much cheaper and they really aren’t that hard to work with if you’ll just be hibernating in the house on a cold Saturday. That being said you could easily replace the dry with a few cans. Remember, it’s just an idea so if it sounds good take it and run. :) Pinto Bean Soup

  • 2 cups (1lb) dried pinto beans
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • (If I had a jalapeno I think I would have added!)
  • 1-2 tbsp dried cumin (I started with 1 and then added more to taste)
  • 1-2 tbsp dried cilantro
  • 1 can (15oz) stewed tomatoes ran throw the blender quick keeping some chunks
  • 8 cups of your favorite broth (chicken, veggie, stock)

Soak the beans over night or do the quick boil method (what I always do as I never know I’m going to use beans the night before.) Bring the beans to a boil in a large pot. Boil for 5 minute. Then cover and simmer for 1 hour. —Go play with toddler. :)

Drain and rinse the cooked/soaked beans set aside.

In a large pot add the olive oil and onion. Cook until just soft. Add the green pepper and spices. Stir to coat everything. Add the blended stewed tomatoes. Stir. Add the broth and beans.

Bring everything to a boil then cover and simmer. Cook until beans are tender, at least 2 hours. If I was prepared I would have topped with green onion like Kalyn did on her version but I didn’t have any. Instead I used a bit of cheese and cilantro to make the picture a little better. :)

Now I stink on the Nutritional Info for soups and anything with beans in it. So this recipe scares the crap out of me! :) Here’s what I’m getting with my cup estimations. Just remember this is approximate and even if we’re off we’re still eating a healthy soup. :)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
14 1 Cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
150 2g 6g old: 2 new: 3
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
25g 0g 25g 8g

See other recipes using: beans, broth, cilantro, cumin, green pepper, olive oil, onion, pinto beans, stewed tomatoes

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    February 23, 2009

    Roni- You should check out the website They have a recipe calculator on there where you can enter in your ingredients for a recipe, the quanities, and then the number of servings that it makes and it will calculate the nutritional information for you. It's nice, I've used it in the past and it seems to have most ingredients on it. Hope that helps!

    Krista S.

    February 23, 2009

    I love bean soups! I made one last week with pinto beans, garbanzos, small red beans, onion, carrot, celery, diced tomato, beef stock, Laura's Lean 96% ground beef, tomato paste, bay leaf, garlic, s&p, and water. Even my really picky kids ate it. And it made so much that I had to freeze half of it.


    February 23, 2009

    Hi Roni. This looks yummy! One question: can you post how you make your stock? It may make for a good video post. I never know how to do it! Thanks.


    February 23, 2009

    Lori - I'm glad you asked! I meant to link that in the post. Here's the technique I use with chicken/turkey bones... Hope that helps!


    March 2, 2009

    I made this today for lunch but subbed for what I had on hand, since we were snowed in today! I used pink beans,diced tomatoes with chiles, quinoa, & skipped I the lime juice & avocado because it went bad, so I skipped that too. It was really tasty & satisfying!