Black Bean Soup

Chi Chi's Recipe

Serves 6

1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (16 oz.) jar mild salsa
1 1/4 cups water
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1. In large saucepan, cook bacon, celery, onion and garlic over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 12 to 15 minutes or until bacon is crisp; drain. Add beans, picante sauce, water, bouillon, red pepper flakes and black pepper to saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes. Stir cilantro into soup. Serve with dollops of sour cream, if desired.

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