Hearty pinto bean soup is perfect for cooler months. This rich, filling soup is loaded with tender pinto beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, and incredible spices. Keep it thin and brothy or blend it all together for a thick, creamy soup. Either way, you'll love these flavors!
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. When oil is hot, add diced onion and stir to coat with oil. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until onions are just translucent.
Add garlic. Cook 1 additional minute or until garlic is fragrant.
Add cumin, chili powder, and cayenne. Stir to coat onions and cook 1 additional minute.
Stir in vegetable stock, pinto beans, and fire-roasted tomatoes. Bring mixture to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove saucepan from heat. For smoother, thicker consistency, use immersion blender (see Notes for standard blender) to blend soup in saucepan until desired consistency is achieved. Season soup (blended or unblended) with salt and pepper to taste, then portion into bowls, add desired toppings, and serve warm.
No immersion blender? No problem. See the notes below for tips to purée your soup in a standard blender.
Tips for Blending Hot Soup in a Standard Blender
Fill the blender no more than halfway. You may have to blend your ingredients in a few batches.
After pouring the liquid into the blender, let it sit a few minutes to cool slightly before blending.
Before blending, remove the center cap from the blender lid and cover the hole with a dish towel instead. This will keep pressure from building up inside the blender. Keep your hand on the lid to hold it down while blending.
Recipe yields approximately 6 servings. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using ingredients listed, not including optional toppings. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by 6. Result will be the weight of one serving.