Black Bean Soup with Crab


Black Bean Soup with Crab

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4 people


  • 250 g black beans
  • 1 dried chipotle chilli
  • 6 strips smoked bacon
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tsp epazote
  • 100 g white crab meat
  • 1 red chilli
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4 flat breads (to serve)


  1. Bring 1 litre of water to the boil and pour over the black beans and dried chilli. Leave to soak for at least 4 hours.

  2. Add the celery, onion and pancetta to the pot, cook covered (simmering) for one hour. Remove the dried chilli, then puree the soup with a hand-held blender, adjust the consistency by adding water or continuing to cook to thicken. Season to taste.

  3. When ready to serve, add the crabmeat either in the centre of the soup bowl or on the side, sprinkled with as much of the red chilli as your taste buds can bear. Sprinkle with lime juice and serve with flatbreads on the side.

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