Spicy Black Bean Soup

Ingredients

* 2 cans black beans
* 1 can chicken broth
* 2 NY Spicy Sausages (from Costco)
* 3 celery sticks, chopped
* 1 medium onion, diced
* 3 cloves garlic, diced
* 1 chipotle pepper, diced
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper
* a few drops tabasco sauce

Directions

Saute sausages in a saute pan on medium-high heat for 30 mninutes, turning often. Chop them into bite size pieces and set aside.

Saute onion, celery and garlic in a large stock pot. Add black beans, chicken broth, sausages and chipotle pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add salt, pepper and tobasco.

Cuban Black Bean Soup

Ingredients

* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 medium onion, diced
* 2 celery stalks, sliced
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 3 cans black beans
* 1 can chicken broth
* 2 tablespoons canned diced jalapenos
* 1 ham hock
* salt to taste

Directions

Heat oil in a stock pot over medium high heat. Saute onion and celery for 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Add black beans, chicken broth, jalapenos and ham hock. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Remove ham hock. Slice off any extra ham from the bone, dice and put back into soup. Salt to taste.

Black Bean Salad

Ingredients

* 1 tomato, chopped
* 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
* 1/2 cup red onion, diced
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
* 1 can black beans, drained

Directions

Mix all ingredients together.