Gluten Free Spicy Citrus Black Bean Soup Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on February 25, 2012

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Gluten Free Spicy Citrus Black Bean Soup Recipe

Winter time in Florida can be sort of a mixed bag – beautiful sunny days in the mid-seventies can be interspersed with cold, blustery, rainy days.  Sometimes two or three dark freezing days (and by freezing I mean somewhere in the 50’s – sorry, don’t hate me, our summers are killers) which then miraculously change mid-day, the sun comes out and the temps start to soar. This can be challenging when deciding what gluten free recipe to prepare for dinner.

Last week the temps dropped all the way into the high 30’s! (Seriously cold for our very thin Floridian blood!)  In my mind cold weather calls for big bowls of hearty soup, preferably a spicy black bean soup that warms the bones and fills you up. So I soaked some beans in anticipation of a warming, soul lifting soup dinner on a dark, stormy night. By the time I was ready the finish up the soup, the skies had cleared, the sun was blazing and warm breezes were dancing on the water. Hmmm. No worries, with the help of a little citrus, my winter soup was easily transformed from a meal for a dark and dreary day into one bright enough to match the current climate. And a new soup was born.

I love it when my gluten free recipes are as easy as they are delicious and by using Hurst Family Harvest Chipotle Lime Black Bean Soup mix (with its gluten free flavor packet) and some jarred gluten free taco sauce, this recipe ended up being really easy.

I love the combo of the spiciness and heartiness of the soup and the bright splash of citrus. To play up the citrus I even made a quick orange salsa. With a few gluten free corn tortilla chips and a dollop of non-fat Greek yogurt, this was the perfect bowl of soup for whatever the weather decided to throw at me.

Soak your beans overnight or if you like your beans softer, for up to 24 hours.

Gluten Free Recipes Spicy Citrus Black Bean Soup

Gluten Free Spicy Citrus Black Bean Soup Recipe



1 package Hurst Family Harvest Chipotle Lime Black Bean Soup Mix
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and veins removed, minced
8 cups water
2 whole oranges
½ cup of gluten free taco sauce
Kosher or fine sea salt and black pepper
A few dashes of hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco) – to your taste

Citrus Salsa

4 medium oranges, peeled and cut into segments
¼ medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 small jalapeno, seeds and veins removed and finely minced
¼ cup fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon honey



Soak the beans from 8 to 24 hours in enough water to cover the beans by a couple of inches. Reserve the seasoning packet.

Drain and rinse the beans. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions, red pepper and jalapeno and sauté for about 5 minutes or until the veggies are soft. Add the drained beans and water. Grate the zest of the oranges into the pot with a microplane or other fine grater. Raise the heat, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover the pot and simmer for 2 hours. Remove the lid, add the reserved flavor packet, taco sauce, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of pepper, and hot sauce. Let cook for another 30 minutes uncovered or until the soup is the consistency you like. Taste and add more salt, pepper and/or hot sauce if desired.

Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, dairy free sour cream substitute, or Greek yogurt, citrus salsa and cilantro leaves if desired.

Citrus Salsa

In a small mixing bowl, combine the orange segments, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice and honey.  Serve with the soup.


This Gluten Free Spicy Citrus Black Bean Soup Recipe serves 6 – 8

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InTolerant Chef February 26, 2012 at 5:18 am

Our summer has been all up and down this year too. This soup sounds lovely, especially with the salsa, yumm!


Carol Kicinski February 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I am personally enjoying our little patches of cooler weather as our summers are so brutal – but it won’t last long :)


Ellen (Gluten Free Diva) February 26, 2012 at 9:03 am

Seriously, the wind has been howling and the temps have been pretty darn cold consistently up herein the northeast. This soup fits the bill perfectly! Thanks for sharing. Especially curious to know about the soup mix you used – good for times when you need to throw a soup together quickly. I’m going to give this a try in my pressure cooker. Bet it’ll be a cinch, and delish!!!


Carol Kicinski February 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Hi Ellen. We just went from 80 degrees to cold and blustery again! I love this soup mix, they sell it in my local grocery store (and is widely avaiable) and I love it for 3 reasons – the seasoning are gluten free, they have a tasty variety of flavors and beans and it is portioned right for my needs – when I buy a big bag of beans I usually use half and forget about the rest so them when I clean out my pantry I have lots of partially opened bags from who knows how long ago? :) I bet the preasure cooker would be perfect, let me know!


Anita February 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Oh my! This sounds delicious. I love the combo of spicy and citrus too!


Carol Kicinski February 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Thanks Anita!


Chompchomp February 27, 2012 at 3:42 am

I’ve never tried citrus in my beans….great idea!


Carla February 29, 2012 at 6:46 am

This sounds delish! I already have most of the ingredients so I might give it a go this weekend.


Carol Kicinski February 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Thanks, enjoy Carla!


Karin Mesa March 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm

thanks Carol, My now gluten free Colombian husband blesses you!


Carol Kicinski March 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Haha – you are quite welcome and I need all the blessings I can get so thank you nd your Columbian husband!


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