Spicy Black Bean Soup

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Soup

by Courtney Wilkinson

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves: 8

1 onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 (15-½ ounce) cans black beans, un-drained (6 cups of black beans)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
14-½ ounces of vegetable broth
1 (14-½ ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 (11 ounce) can sweet corn, drained

Cook onion and garlic in a large pan, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
Place the onion mixture, 1 can of the beans, the cumin, and red pepper in a blender and pulse until smooth; return the mixture to the large pan. Place 1 more can of beans in the blender and pulse until smooth; add to the large pan. Add the remaining can of beans, the broth, tomatoes, and corn to the large pan; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, 20-25 minutes.

TCM Analysis:
Onion: Warm and pungent, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.
Garlic: Hot and pungent, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food and stagnant blood, reduces abscess.
Black beans: Warm and sweet, tonifies kidneys, nourishes the yin, strengths and nourishes blood, brightens eyes, promotes urination
Cumin: Warming, bitter, acrid, dries phlegm-cold
Red pepper: Hot, acrid, dispels cold
Vegetable broth: Aids digestion (varies)
Tomatoes: Slightly cool, sweet and sour, promotes body fluids, quenches thirst, strengthens stomach, aids digestion, cools blood, clears heat, detoxifies, calms the liver, removes stagnant food.
Sweet corn: Cool and sweet, stops bleeding, promotes diuresis, benefits gall bladder, lowers blood pressure, clears heat, detoxifies.

Overall Analysis:
Overall this recipe is a warming soup, which aids in nourishing yin and tonifying the kidneys. The warming aspects also nourish yang as well, depending how much spice is added.