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  • Makes 6½ cups soup + ¾ cup relish

The mango relish for this Caribbean-inspired soup adds a bright and extra spicy element thanks to the habanero chile. Be careful when handling this hot but fruity pepper: Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes; wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them. 

Note that this recipe calls for hot cooked brown rice, so be sure to have that ready to go.

A Caribbean-inspired black bean soup, served over brown rice, topped with diced mango relish, in a white bowl atop a blue plate next to a spoon


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 15-oz. cans no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cut into ½-inch pieces (1½ cups)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup chopped fresh or thawed frozen mango
  • 2 tablespoons sliced scallion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 finely chopped fresh habanero chile (see tip in recipe intro)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups hot cooked brown rice


  1. In a large pot cook onion, bell pepper, and garlic over medium 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water, 1 to 2 Tbsp. at a time, as needed to prevent sticking. Add the next six ingredients (through cayenne pepper). Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 25 minutes or until sweet potato is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, make Mango Relish. In a small bowl stir together mango, scallion, cilantro, and habanero chile.
  3. Season soup with salt and black pepper. Serve soup over brown rice and top with Mango Relish.

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Jasper Effin Reed3 months ago
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gonna try this gankkkkkkk

Margann4 months ago
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This has become one of my favorite go-to recipes. The flavors are just right and get better over time. Because I’m not a big fan of heat I sub a jalapeño for the habanero and up the ratio of mango a bit.

Sarah R4 months ago
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I was looking for an easy lunch and had almost everything on hand to make this. This was wonderful. I didn’t have cilantro and subbed a jalapeño for the habanero. I also added a teaspoon or so of lime juice to the mango relish which I thought balanced the soup nicely. Finally, I blended about 2-3 cups of the soup in a blender once it was done and added it back in to add a bit more thickness to the soup, and I’m glad I did that – just be careful of exploding hot fluids in the blender if you choose to do this! Excellent recipe!

Katrina Steppat4 months ago
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I love this recipe! It’s easy to make, hearty, and flavorful. My parents converted to WFPB eating after I made this for them. Make a double batch because you will want leftovers!

Mary Chapin5 months ago
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I made this while in the virgin islands for a pool party on st. john and everyone flipped their friggin lids. No joke. The mango paired perfectly with the black beans and spiciness from the chile.

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