Monday, September 26, 2016

Trader Joe's Hacks: Black Bean Soup Made Chunky


As you may know, I'm a fan of Trader Joe's, which by great good luck is very close to my house. Sometimes it seems too close! I get lazy. I buy too many kinds of candy. Anyway,  I've decided to summarize things I do with Trader Joe's stuff, just for fun and because maybe it will give other people ideas.

Trader Joe's Hack: Black Bean Soup.

Trader Joe's Latin Style Black Bean soup is pretty good if you like totally smooth soup without any noticeable beans in it. I like soup to have more texture, so I usually add stuff to the soup. Most recently, I added around 1/3 of a jar of TJ's Cowboy Caviar, which is a not-too-spicy corn and bean relish/salsa. It really peps up the soup! This time, I also added some leftover roasted squash and onions, but that's not a thing I always have. Check the fridge: any leftover vegetables that sound appealing would also be a good addition. 

I usually put Cowboy Caviar on tacos, but I think the soup is an inspiration -- it would even be good with more than 1/3 of a jar. I expect it also would pep up TJ's tomato soup, also a fairly smooth soup. This is not a recipe, it's a hack!!

In case you have any doubt about it, I would be thrilled if TJ's gave me free food or prizes in exchange for my blog post but that's never going to happen. I bought the soup etc. just like anyone else. I might eventually write up some other TJ Hacks, or maybe you know some yourself.


Jens Zorn said...

Thanks for this suggestion.... I'll try it tomorrow, probably pressure cooking the squash to a fairly firm consistency (3 min at high pressure), then add the bean soup and some sauteed onions.

Debra Eliotseats said...

You know, I specifically sought out a Trader Joe's in KC after they opened. I remember it being crowded! :) Now that we have one in Tulsa, I have yet to go there! This soup (along with your recommendations of modding it) will make me finally go! Thanks, Mae.

Pam said...

Great idea! I love Trader Joe's.

Mae Travels said...

My friend Paula wrote: "I use Trader Joe's Eggplant Cutlets when I want a fun Eggplant Parmesan but I'm short on time. Just add fresh slices of mozzarella, basil, a good red sauce, parmesan and bake."