Black Beans is not one of the common beans in my kitchen. And using it to make the soup is just not done. Most of my friends have made many different types of dishes with black beans. But as for me, my first encounter with black beans is inside some healthy burrito somewhere, then, inside Adobe Cob Salad served at Dos Coyotes, which I like very much. It taste nutty and firmer in texture than the pinto beans that I use almost exclusively to make my family famous chili during the cold winter. What kind of culinary adventurer am I if I don't try black bean soup, I thought. We've done this in the class, and it did not turn out to my liking. The cooking time is too short that beans were not tender enough to release its flavor. Mindfully remembering this, I soaked the beans and patiently boiled the beans till they are just right. What a difference in the final serving. Love that heart warming and nutty taste going down my throat.
Soaking beans overnight. Soaked black beans look almost like red beans from natural discoloration during hydration.