Black bean soup with masa harina dumplings

Sopa de frijol negro con bolitas de masa de maiz

This soup is my go-to dish when I’m in the need of something fast and easy. Or when I’m not exactly in a mood for cooking and cooking and cooking. This is probably not the best introduction to a recipe  or the smartest confession from a food lover and cooking enthusiast. But, I’m sure everybody has days like this.

Sopa de frijol negro con bolitas de masa con menta y chile

And I know it might look a bit complicated but really it is super easy to prepare and masa harina is so easy to work with that it is actually fun. It is also a very easy and different idea to keep introducing pulses into your diet. Remember that 2016 is the International Year of Pulses? So, let’s get eating them and take the pledge if you haven’t yet.

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black bean soup with masa-harina dumplings

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Black bean soup with mint and chile masa dumplings

Super easy black bean soup, can be made with freshly cooked beans or canned ones.
15 mins
2 hrs
2 hrs 15 mins
6 -8


  • 11/2 cups uncooked beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup masa <g class="gr_ gr_957 gr-alert gr_spell undefined ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" id="957" data-gr-id="957">harina</g> corn flour
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon mint chopped
  • 1 serrano chile minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 / 4-1 cup warm water


  • Rinse beans well in filtered water and put them in a large pot with 6 cups of water.
  • They are <g class="gr_ gr_954 gr-alert gr_gramm undefined Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="954" data-gr-id="954">ready,</g> when they are soft and are smushed between two fingers. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  • In a bowl mix the masa <g class="gr_ gr_955 gr-alert gr_spell undefined ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" id="955" data-gr-id="955">harina</g> with a tablespoon of oil, the mint, the serrano chile, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 3/4 cup of water. Add water gradually until a manageable dough if formed. Make the dumplings, just make until no dough is left.
  • In a separate pan add the tablespoon of oil and the chopped onions with half a teaspoon of salt. Let the onion brown and cook, about seven minutes.
  • Turn the heat on for the beans to medium-low. Add the cooked onions and all the dumplings. Cover and let them cook for 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning before serving, adjust if necessary.


If using canned beans, first brown the onion with one tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt over medium-high heat. Then add the two cans of beans with 3 cups of water, smash the beans a bit to develop a bit of more flavor in the soup.
Add more liquid if it is a bit thick, add the dumplings and let them cook for ten minutes.