Spanish Bean Soup

spanish bean soup
If my Texas Caviar didn’t make you fart enough, well I have the answer right here. Spanish BEAN soup. Do I need to remind you of the toon? “Beans, beans, the more you eat, the more you fart, the more you fart, the better you feel, so eat some beans at every meal!”
So get your Beano out and make this soup. I clearly understand that we are slap dab in the middle of summer here, but I am not much of a seasonal cook. I do not discriminate against soup in the summer or grilling in the winter. I am an equal opportunity foodie!
Here in Tampa we have a HUGE Latin influence. So there are versions of Spanish Bean soup in just about every Cuban or Spanish restaurant you go to. Soooo good I tell you.
Oh and don’t forget a big hunk of yummy bread to dip in the soup!
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1/2 pound dried chickpeas a.k.a garbanzo beans

1 ham bone
1 beef bone
1 tablespoon salt
4 cups low sodium chicken stock
4 cups water
1/4 pound salt pork or bacon, cut into thin strips
1 onion, finely chopped
1 Spanish Sausage a.k.a Chorizo, sliced into thin rounds
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
Generous Pinch of Saffron
Salt and Pepper
Rinse beans in cold water. Place in a pot and cover them with water completely, add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water.
The next day drain the beans and place them in a large soup pot. Add the 4 cups of water and the 4 cups of chicken stock to the beans and add the beef and ham bones. Over low heat, cook for 45 minutes.
If any yucky foam forms on the top, just skim it off.
Slowly fry the salt pork(or bacon). Once it started to get a bit browned, add the onion and cook until soft.
To the pot with the beans, add the pork, onions, potatoes and saffron.
When the potatoes are done, remove from heat and add chorizo.
Salt and pepper to taste.
****Ask the butcher behind the counter where they keep the salt pork, ham and beef bones****
Recipe inspired from The Columbia Restaurant


  1. 1
    TheKitchenWitch says:

    You crack me up! This sounds healthy and delicious.

  2. 2

    This is my kind of soup…YUM!Figtreeapps

  3. 3
    VeggieGirl says:

    You never fail to put a smile on my face 🙂

    Looks like a hearty bowl of soup – perfect!!

  4. 4
    Chef Fresco says:

    Oh man Michael does NOT need any of this 🙂 Sure looks delicious!

  5. 5

    Great recipe Leslie! Looks really easy and pretty inexpensive too!

    Casual Kitchen

    PS: Oh, and not to be a bean-song geek and correct you or anything, but everybody should know the proper lyrics:

    Beans, beans, they're good for your heart,

    The more you eat the more you fart,

    The more you fart the better you feel,

    So let's have beans with every meal!

  6. 6

    Your post is amusing! I have a bag of chickpea, which I will use for this recipe. 😀

  7. 7

    The bread is a must! This looks awesome!

  8. 8

    Looks delicious!! When we drive down to see the Weeki Wachee mermaids in Nov, I will swing by for a bowl. LOL!!

  9. 9

    dude – that looks good!

  10. 10

    If we wait for winter and cold weather before we made soup we could be waiting awhile. Blink and most times you'll miss FL's winter. Thank goodness for central A/C.

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    Chow and Chatter says:

    great soup

  12. 12

    Hahaha, sounds like a dangerous but really delicious soup!

  13. 13

    I'm not a seasonal cook, either. 🙂 Looks yummy!

  14. 14

    Nice. If only I could get my girlfriend into beans…

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    ♥peachkins♥ says:

    This sounds like a very hearty soup and it looks wonderful..

  16. 16

    I can't wait to try this! I love Spanish chorizo! Have you ever tried Mexican chorizo? Excellent stuff. Great with scrambled eggs 🙂

  17. 17
    Donna-FFW says:

    Leslie- This sounds incredibly delicious. Equal opportunity cook, love it!

  18. 18
    Leslie M. says:

    I LOVE Bean soup Les!! Garbanzos are one of my FAVE!! YEAH I would so make this Vegetarian!!! YUM again! You Rock in the Kitchen!!!

  19. 19

    fact: not even a bad case of the farts can deter me from beans. gorgeous soup, leslie!

  20. 20

    Great looking soup! I have been making soups this summer too – I can't help that my favorite meals are "cold weather" dishes!

  21. 21

    Yum, but I do discriminate, so I will have to save this for the Fall! 🙂

  22. 22

    Anything with chorizo is perfect by me!

  23. 23
    noble pig says:


  24. 24

    vat a healthy bean soup!! yumm!! my husband is a soup addict! a must try for the weekends!
    cheers and have a nice weekend!!

  25. 25

    Looks delicious! Wish I hadn't looked at your post before lunchtime I'm STARVING 😀

  26. 26

    girl you are too funny!
    I get serious gas from beans, never chickpeas though (thank goodness), but black beans and red beans…hubby has to leave the bedroom!

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    pigpigscorner says:

    haha yes, the evil beans but I love them! This is great for winter!

  28. 28

    What a tasty soup filled with tons of flavor. I may just make this soon – it has been cool here for the past few days.

  29. 29

    That sounds so good! I believe that if you eat a lot of beans your digestion adapts and you don't fart so much.

    I am amazed by the colour of the broth – is that just from the saffron and chorizo?

  30. 30

    This soup is a meal! I can definitely see some crusted bread with this, Fantastic!!

  31. 31

    🙂 Mmmmm, beans!

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    hot garlic says:

    Oh I miss Latin food! We went to 'Mexican' twice this week and BOTH times were served Nachos that were made from Spaghetti Sauce, not a single bean in the entire meal I kid you not!

    Latin ingredients are hard to find here but we've got these and it looks so good! I love stock from bones, I love beans, I love bacon, I love fibre… this ticks all of the boxes!

  33. 33

    LOL you crack my ass up! This looks fabulous…thanks for sharing!

  34. 34

    LOL I've never heard that one. I always heard "beans, beans they're good for your heart, the more you eat the more you fart," OH elementary school 🙂

  35. 35

    Mmmmmmm, that sounds good! And you are right— a big chunk of bread is a must!!

  36. 36

    Same recipe posted on the Tampa Columbia Restaurant's web page.

  37. 37

    Yes you are correct, it is from the Columbia. And I noted that at the end of my recipe(maybe you didnt read the whole post). I always give credit where credit is due.