Apr 29, 2017


Tonight, my plan was to serve a simple black bean soup for dinner. Months ago, our daughter, Samantha, stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest and said that she and the hubs thought it tasted great garnished only with a bit of grated cheese, sour cream, and fresh cilantro.

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Fine! I’m basically in love the idea of combining four pantry ingredients to create a hot dinner that can be ready to eat in less than five minutes.

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But I’m also pretty committed to adding piles of fresh ingredients to my meals, so this recipe became a terrific base for something with quite a bit more going on.

First thing I remembered was the container of shredded roasted pork in the fridge that needed to be used.

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That led me to think, beyond my original plan for cheese, sour cream and cilantro, about the fresh avocados, tomatoes, limes, and even leftover roasted butternut squash and asparagus that I happened to have on hand.

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With an additional five minutes of chopping, the black bean soup turned into a…black bean soup bar! And you know what? It was good. Dang good. This fully loaded soup was surprising similar to eating a yummy plate of those crazy layered nachos, but without the chips.

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As it turned out, Samantha and Chas (the before mentioned daughter and SIL), actually showed up in my kitchen at 10:30 p.m. needing something good to eat before they could collapse into one of our guest beds. Most of their day, and night, had been spent up in the mountains, shooting another wedding video and they were cold, a little wet, and a lot exhausted. I quickly microwaved the leftovers of our food-storage-plus-fresh-meal. Samantha said, “Oh my gosh, this is the best soup I have ever eaten!” (Pretty sure that the roasted butternut squash deserves most of the credit.)

The point of this long story is that food storage may, legitimately, at times, be the whole story. And that’s a good thing! Food storage may, at other times, serve as merely the starting point. And that’s a REALLY good thing!!!

Black Bean Soup Gone Wild

Fresh Ingredients

(All of these fresh ingredients are optional and may be used in whatever amounts you prefer, so have fun!)

sour cream

grated cheese


lime wedges

tomatoes, diced

avocados, diced

shredded pork, chicken, or beef/hamburger

roasted butternut squash cubes (Guaranteed to rock your world.)

Storage Ingredients

1 can black beans, drained (15 oz.)

1 can refried beans, (15 oz.)

1 can chicken broth, (15 oz.)

1 cup salsa

Combine all four storage ingredients in a pan and heat on stove. This is also something that would work well heated in a crock pot set on low while running a few more errands. Prior to serving, prepare fresh ingredients, heating the meat and squash cubes separately. Garnish as desired, and get ready to go crazy!



  1. Laura at TenThingsFarm Says:

    I really like things like this, Leisa, and I commend you for daring us to use what’s on hand and needs using. :)

    I have a black bean soup recipe that is: Soak a pound of black beans overnight, rinse and drain. Cook in the crock pot all day with a quart of chicken broth and a chopped onion (the onion is optional, and has been celery sometimes when I have a celery heart in the crisper that’s getting sad). When the beans are soft add a packet of taco seasoning. Then garnish like the soup above (though I admit that butternut squash never occurred to me!)

  2. Liesa Says:

    Thanks Laura! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe for using DRIED black beans for a tasty soup. Coming from you, I’m sure this recipe is great:) Adding the butternut squash cubes created a wonderful addition of flavor and one I’m going to be repeating for sure. See what you think and let me know! xo

  3. Elizabeth J Says:

    I wonder how dehydrated refried beans would be in this soup?

  4. Jen Says:

    So yummy!!! I have made this twice and my family gobbled it up each time! It is a quick, easy and inexpensive meal to make. Thanks for sharing, can’t wait for more of your fabulous recipes and great ideas, keep posting!!

  5. Liesa Says:

    Yay Jen! I’m always so happy to hear that a recipe was successful! Thanks very much for letting me know:)

  6. Kris Says:

    Merry Christmas Liesa!!! Thank you so very much for all the hard work of writing and putting together of your book and your blog. For sharing recipes, tips and tricks for using food storage. Most of all, thank you for sharing your love, concern and friendship with all of us who read this blog. My life has changed dramaticaly since you published your book and I can not express the peace that has come to my heart and soul from following the information you provided. Not a week goes by that we don’t eat at least one meal that is from your recipe and each day we use our long term food storage in some way. You inspire me to be a better wife, mother and friend and to help others. Here is to a new year and to new adventures in food storage! xo

  7. Liesa Says:

    Dear Kris. Hands down, YOU are the nicest person on the planet! Thank you for all your kind support and encouragement! I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond but my computer suffered a massive stroke and it has seriously taken us thiiiiiiiiiis long to get things up and running again. We’re really bad:( You’re a wonderful friend Kris, and I truly appreciate your generosity and friendship!
    Love you to pieces! Liesa

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