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Black Bean Pick Me Up

This is one of our 4 bean appetizers. Inspired by a Brazilian drinkable appetizer, 'caldinho de feijão,' this can make you wonder if you are sipping a soup or a warm beverage. It can be served with toast points or pork rinds.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 2 strips smoked bacon finely chopped
  • ½ can BUSH's Cocina Latina Frijoles Negros Machacados
  • ½ cup water
  • salta and ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro or parsley


  • In a large non stick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat and cook chopped bacon until browned (about 4-5 minutes). Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain, and allow to cool.
  • Put the black beans and water in a food processor or blender and season with salt and pepper. Blend to a smooth purée. Pour into a non-stick small pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, stir well, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir again.
  • Pour soup into small heatproof glasses or cups. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, bacon, and chopped cilantro or parsley. Serve hot accompanied by toast points or pork rinds.

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