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Canning Black Bean Soup

This canned black bean soup is a hearty, protein packed soup with a southwestern flair. Top with avocado slices and a little sour cream to make a creamy soup that will delight your family and friends.

quart jars home canned black beans soup

Canned soups are so very convenient for quick dinners on busy days or for packing in lunches, but commercial soups tend to have a lot of sodium and other questionable ingredients.

By stocking your pantry with home canned soups you will know exactly what is your food. I like to spend a little time when there’s not much to do in the garden to can soups like this black bean soup and ham and bean soup.

Pressure Canned

This recipe requires a pressure canner. Do not attempt to can this recipe using a water bath or steam canner, it is not safe.

This soup will need to be processed for 75 minutes for pint jars and 90 minutes for quart jars.

If you don’t have a pressure canner the soup can be fully cooked on the stovetop and then frozen to preserve.

I can black bean soup in both quart and pint size jars. We use the quart jars for dinners and the pint jars for packed lunches.

close up of home canned black bean soup in mason jar

Soak and Boil Beans First

The black beans will need to be soaked overnight for safety and to make them more digestible. Don’t skip this step.

After the beans are finished soaking, drain the water. Put the beans in a large stockpot and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil and boil for 30 minutes.

Broth Choices

While I prefer to use homemade chicken broth for the liquid in this recipe you can also use vegetable broth to make it vegan.

Store bought broth can also be used but be sure to check the label for the sodium content.

In a pinch, water can be used, however the soup will not be as flavorful as it would be if you had used a broth. If you are going to use water, I would suggest adding a little tomato sauce or tomato juice to the water.

bowl of home canned black beans soup with a half full quart jar of soup and tortilla chips in background

Serving Black Bean Soup

I love to serve black bean soup with avocado slices, a little sour cream and garnished with fresh chopped cilantro. Cornbread, tortillas, or tortilla chips are all good sides for this soup.

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Yield: 4 quart size jars

Canned Black Bean Soup

bowl of home canned black beans soup with a half full quart jar of soup and tortilla chips in background

This canned black bean soup is a hearty, protein packed soup with a southwestern flair. Top with avocado slices and a little sour cream to make a creamy soup that will delight your family and friends.

Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 9 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 pound dried black beans, pre-soaked*
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 5 cups tomato puree
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¾ pound onions, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 bay leaves


  1. Put the dried beans into a pot and cover with at least 2 inches of water. Cover and let sit overnight
  2. Drain the water from the beans. Put the beans back into the pot. Cover with at least 2 inches of fresh water.
  3. Bring the beans to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, chop the veggies.
  5. After the beans have boiled for 30 minutes drain the water from the beans.
  6. Put the beans back into the pot and add all the other ingredients.
  7. Bring the soup to a boil.
  8. Fill the jars with the black beans soup - use a slotted spoon to put the solids in first and then ladle the liquid into the jars leaving a 1 inch headspace in each jar.
  9. Remove air bubbles, wipe jar rims. Place lids and rings.
  10. Put the jars into pressure canner. Follow the instructions for your canner model.
  11. Process at 10 pounds of pressure (adjusting for elevation). Process quarts for 90 minutes. Pints can be processed for 75 minutes.

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Thanks for sharing!


Thursday 29th of February 2024

Can I just make the soup and pour into each can? New to it all, not sure why separating solids to fill, then adding liquid . Also I usually puree a very small amount of the beans and add, is that ok?

Angi Schneider

Monday 25th of March 2024

The beans cannot be pureed before canning, you'll have to do that after opening the jar to serve. The reason for separating the solids is that each jar should only be filled half way with solids in order to be safely canned. You can certainly do this one jar at a time, I just find it easier to do them all at once so the solids are evenly distributed. Hope that helps!


Monday 13th of November 2023

Is tomato puree the same as tomato sauce?

Angi Schneider

Tuesday 14th of November 2023

Yes, you can use tomato sauce in it. Tomato puree is a little thicker and chunkier, but it really won't make a difference.


Sunday 27th of August 2023

Could I add hot peppers (jalapenos, serrano) to this recipe?


Friday 22nd of September 2023

@Angi Schneider, if you are canning the soup fresh peppers are fine.

Angi Schneider

Thursday 31st of August 2023

You can safely add dried pepper flakes or other dehydrated peppers but not fresh peppers.


Friday 25th of August 2023

Could I use regular oregano? Could I use apple cider vinegar or omit entirely? Thank you!!

Angi Schneider

Saturday 26th of August 2023

Yes, you can make both of those substitutions or even leave out the vinegar since it's in the recipe for flavor, not safety, just know that the flavor of your soup will be a little different than the original recipe.


Thursday 3rd of August 2023

Sounds yummy! Would it be okay to use the bean cooking liquid as a base for the stock, and just add more water to top it up to the correct amount?

Angi Schneider

Tuesday 22nd of August 2023

Yes, using the bean cooking liquid for part of the stock is fine.

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