This Black Bean Chocolate Soup is not my mother’s recipe. But it started as a Brazilian blended soup. A caldo for a celebration day. Congratulations to Capital Roots for the Grand Opening of the Urban Grow Center, a regional food hub with the goal to nourish 300,000 people with 1,000,000 pounds of fresh food each year. It was my pleasure to join fellow Chefs Consortium members Renee Panetta and Lecco Morris and serve this soup.
Several years back, when I met Chefs Consortium Noah Sheets, I learned that New York grows black beans and I could get it at Honest Weight Food Co-op. Since then, I have learned so much about local food in New York. Recently I felt in love with local ginger from Little Seed Gardens and that I could get that at Troy Farmer’s Market. The Urban Grow Center will help more people have access to local and fresh food. Local food tastes better for so many reasons. The stories and connections make the taste unforgettable.
If you would like to try:
Ellie’s Black Bean Chocolate Soup
for a large crowd
2 pounds of dried NY black beans, cooked with 1 TBSP of salt and 2 bay leaves in the pressure cooker for 20 minutes. Or you can soak the beans overnight in salt, drain and cook in fresh water on a slow cook for 8 hours on low or boil for a couple hours until tender on stove top.
Set aside half of the liquid to be blended back into the soup as needed
Add 1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, sliced or more to taste
1 bunch of cilantro
1 TBSP smoked paprika
1 TBSP ground cumin
1/4 cup of vinegar
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup 100% cocoa powder
Blend the soup, adding reserved liquid as needed
Adjust salt and black pepper to taste
Simmer for 10 minutes.
Garnish with chives, if desired
Serve hot with orange slices.