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Spanish Bean Soup (Garbanzo 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!

Spanish Bean Soup in a white bowl with a slice of buttery garlic bread.

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!

Spoon Spanish Bean Soup
A little background on my Version of Spanish Bean Soup 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) – chorizo is traditionally used
  • Water 
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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 hour. 

Step 2.   Add beans with water to crock pot or soup pot. (If watching sodium: You can drain water and add beans to pot. Then add water as needed after all other items are added). Next add chicken stock or broth, 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 🙂

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. 

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Spanish Bean Soup (Garbanzo Bean Soup)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 16
Author: Nikki Lee
Spanish Bean Soup (Garbanzo 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!

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb bag of dried garbanzo beans
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ 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 bite sized cubes
  • 2 packages beef smoked sausage, sliced & quartered
  • 6 cups Water, Approx 3 cups to soak and more to add as needed as soup cooks down

Instructions

Prepare Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)

  • 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 hour.

Soup

  • 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 after all other items are added)  Add chicken stock, cubed potatoes, cut up sausage, minced garlic, pepper and Vigo seasoning.
  • 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).

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.
* You may also use chorizo sausage for the more traditional recipe. (But this one gets rave reviews and is a family favorite so I recommend trying it as is) 
For a thicker consistency: As the soup cooks the beans often break down and thicken the soup. If you want it thicker you can pull out some of the beans and mash and return to pot.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1.5 cup Calories: 184kcal (9%) Carbohydrates: 33g (11%) Protein: 9g (18%) Fat: 3g (5%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Cholesterol: 2mg (1%) Sodium: 467mg (20%) Fiber: 6g (25%) Sugar: 5g (6%)

Nutritional Disclaimer

Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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  1. This reciepe is a definite keeper. I made a few adjustments, like canned beans and I added some leftover ham I had in the freezer from Christmas and used golden potatoes. It was delicious.
    Thank you for the recipe!