Spanish Bean Soup

Spanish Bean Soup takes you on a trip to Tampa Bay, where Cuban heritage is so alive & full of flavor. This simple soup is made with garbanzo beans, potatoes & savory sausage and is just bursting with deliciousness!

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This soup is a staple in the Tampa Bay Area. The Cuban heritage here brings with it such wonderful food. I am a very lucky girl to live here.  We have such diverse cuisine and I get to enjoy and share it all with  you! 

Now let me say y’all this is my version of this soup. (This is my disclaimer for all the die hards -lol) Some people use Chorizo and ham and it is wonderful like that, but this a little spin on it I came up with. Actually, I should give my mom some of the credit. She made it similar to this, I just adapted it a bit. I let this cook in the Crock Pot all day, mom made hers on the stove top. It can totally be done that way as well. My family and friends just love it and request it often. So, I hope you will too!

A little background on my recipe

We started out making this soup from a Dixie Lilly bag mix (shhh, don’t tell anyone), but found it hard to find at one time and came up with my own recipe. I must say I am so glad I did!  This recipe is so much better. It’s such a savory, heartwarming bowl of Cuban vivaciousness!  Are you dancing yet!!

Oh you mustn’t forget some warm Cuban bread to dip in it! Or an Authentic Cuban Sandwich is perfect with this! Um Ummm UMMMMMM!!!  Just completes it!

Items you need to make Spanish Bean Soup

  • dried garbanzo beans
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • Minced garlic, garlic powder or garlic salt
  • Vigo spanish seasoning
  • chicken stock
  • red potatoes
  • beef smoked sausage (or any smoked sausage)
  • Water 

How to make Spanish Bean Soup (Garbanzo Bean Soup)

Step 1.   Rinse beans, cover with water and add 1 tablespoon salt. Soak overnight.  If you forget this step, just boil on stove top for 1/2 to 1 hour. 

 

Step 2.   Add beans with water to crock pot or soup pot.  Next add chicken stock, cubed potatoes, cut up sausage, minced garlic, pepper and Vigo seasoning. I do the seasoning last so not to splash it out.  You will see what I mean – lots of color 🙂

 beef sausage

Step 3.   Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours in CrockPot or bring to boil on stove top then reduce to med low for 2 to 3 hours (or more).

TIP:  I always taste soup (a few hours before done) and add any additional salt, pepper, garlic (or garlic powder) as needed to taste. 

 Spanish Bean Soup

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Spanish Bean Soup (Garbanzo Bean Soup)

Spanish Bean Soup

Spanish Bean Soup

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Spanish
Author: Nikki - Soulfully Made
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb bag of dried garbanzo beans
  • 1 tablespoon  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic minced (you can also use garlic powder 1/2 to 1 teaspoon according to your taste)
  • 3 packets Vigo Spanish seasoning
  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • 3 pounds Red potatoes, cut up into cubes
  • 2 packages beef smoked sausage, sliced & quartered
  • Water to cover beans and as needed as soup cooks down

Instructions

Soak Beans

  1. Rinse beans, cover with water and add 1 tablespoon salt. Soak over night. If you forget this step, just boil on stove top for 1/2 to 1 hour.

Soup

  1. Add beans with water to crock pot or soup pot. (If you want less sodium drain first, add ingredients then fill with fresh water as needed)  Add chicken stock, cubed potatoes, cut up sausage, minced garlic, pepper and Vigo seasoning.

  2. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours in crock pot or bring to boil on stove top then reduce to med low for 2 to 3 hours (or more).

Recipe Notes

Notes: I always taste soup (a few hours before done) and add any additional salt, pepper, garlic (or garlic powder) as needed to taste.

 

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  • Try going to a Latin market and getting dried chorizo and cutting it into bite sized pieces along with (surprisingly enough) a stick of pepperoni cut into bite sized pieces also and diced ham, instead of the smoked sausage. I was born and raised in Tampa and that is how I’ve had it since I can remember. It gives it a different flavor that is really good

    • Yes, I have made it with chorizo and ham. It is delicious like that as well. I have lived in the Tampa Bay area all my life and I agree that is a more traditional way to make it. This is a version my family loves. When I make it there are usually rave reviews, so tend to stick to this recipe. But feel free to add any type of meat you enjoy. That is what is so wonderful about recipes we can adjust a bit. I love all the delicious foods we get in this area! Are you still in the area?

  • This is a great opportunity to add Turmeric (one of the most healthy herbs you can eat). Remember to saute it with black pepper and fat (coconut oil) to boost curcumin effect by 2,000%.
    It layers in a new layer of rich flavor too.

  • I added 1 tbsp onion powder and 2 tsp bird pepper and served over rice. I also cut back on the beef smoked sausage and used 1 1/2 links. Before adding the onion powder and bird pepper it tasted nothing like the cuban recipe and smelled more like a hot dog stew

    • My version is a bit different than the Cuban version as stated in the blog post, but it is always a hit when I make it! I hope you enjoyed your version as well. You can add ham and/or chorizo too! It’s delicious that way as well.

  • I too grew up in Tampa Bay and was raised on Spanish Bean soup. I was disappointed when I could no longer find the Dixie Lee package. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Have to go shopping first. Will comment after I make it.

  • I love that you used dried garbanzo beans! I had the hardest time finding them for a while, but I prefer them to canned. It’s great that you adapted your mother’s recipe, too. Nice! P~

    • I love passing down family recipes. These beans are a staple around here. If you do have a hard time you can use canned. I have made it with them a couple of times when I wanted to cut my cook time. Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope to hear from you again soon!

  • I’m so thankful for finding your recipe! I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure it will replace our old stand-by of the Dixie Lily mix. Just like you, we grew up on Spanish bean soup made with DL( I’m from Z-hills). If I had known that DL would be bought again (by China Doll co.) and they would do away with the mix, then I would have stockpiled all of the soup mix that I could find! I knew something was up when I couldn’t find it in Publix!
    This will be my first attempt at making SB soup without the mix for our New Years tradition!
    Happy New Year in 2017
    Tina

    • Hi Tina, You can actually buy Dixie Lily products online at Southerntraditionalfoods.com in bulk or individually. I grew up in Florida and my grandmother would always make Spanish bean soup! I remember not being able to find the Spanish bean soup mix at Public and just happened to look it up online and found it.

  • Hi Nikki,
    Im trying so hard to find the recipe for spanish bean soup that is most like my Moms it was the best and I never wrote it down and your recipe looks the most like it including the warm cuban bread of course , you have to have that, I live in Texas and can’t get cuban bread but when i do go home I go to the bakery and get it hot and we eat a whole loaf in the car and take 2 more for the house. She did use chorizo instead of sausage a certain brand from publix and vigo saffron and ham/with bone, also delicious. Cant wait to try this for that home feeling. My mom and Daddy passed away with in a years time and Im the only child and i miss her cooking so I’m glad I found your recipe, we lived in Temple Terrace. God Bless

    • Thank you for sharing and I hope you enjoyed this. So sorry it took me so long to reply this went into spam and I am just now seeing this. You could use Chorizo most people do. I have made it both ways and this is my families favorite! I use Hillshire Farms and Eckrich and sometimes a mixture.

      Hope this gave you that feeling of being at home! God Bless!

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