If you’re wondering what to serve with your black bean soup, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 33 of the most popular side dishes for black bean soup.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with black bean soup are cilantro lime rice, chimichurri garlic bread, and grilled avocado. You can also serve Southern cornbread, tortilla chips, and cheesy beef quesadillas. For brighter options, there’s pico de gallo, bell pepper salad, or a sweet corn and arugula salad.
Ready? Let’s get started!
Cilantro lime rice
Beef your soup out with some soft and fluffy rice.
In this recipe, basmati rice is infused with zesty lime flavors, so it will bring a light and refreshing note to your soup.
Psst… this version is even better than chipotles!
Why we love this recipe: it’s really easy to make and you don’t need lots of ingredients.
Pico de gallo
Looking for a fun and fresh soup topper?
An authentic pico de gallo won’t let you down.
The red and purple tomatoes and onions will look great against the black backdrop of your soup, and it doesn’t disappoint in the taste department either.
If you want a spicier salsa, no problem. Just add some jalapeno seeds or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Why we love this recipe: it’s so easy it’s impossible to mess up.
Tortilla chips are a nice crunchy snack perfect for dipping.
But they don’t absorb soup in the same way as bread, so I like turning them into mini spoons.
That way, you get a better soup-to-tortilla ratio.
Why we love this recipe: you only need two ingredients (how easy!).
Cheesy beef quesadillas
Guess what’s better than cheesy quesadillas?
Cheesy BEEF quesadillas, that’s what.
Adding a juicy ground beef filling makes this dish even more hearty and delicious.
And it’s perfect for dipping into a creamy black bean soup.
Psst… these go great with some guacamole on the side too.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a cheesy delight both adults and kids won’t be able to resist.
Sweet corn and arugula salad
Complement the complex flavors of black bean soup with a simple salad.
This bright salad highlights summer flavors with sweetness from corn and crispiness from the onions and peppers.
The refreshing lemony dressing adds some acidity, which will cut through the rich black ean soup.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a five-minute no-cook salad.
Guacamole or sliced avocado is a common topping for black bean soup.
But have you ever tried grilled avocados?
Grilling the avocado adds a subtle yet addicting smoky flavor to the soup.
Pro tip: you’ll need a slightly under ripe avocado for this, if the avocado is too ripe it will turn mushy.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a unique way to enjoy a popular side.
Chimichurri garlic bread
Here’s another spin on a classic – chimichurri garlic bread.
It’s a perfect fusion of garlicky goodness and the famous Argentinian dip.
Chimichurri is a combination of three different herbs (cilantro, parsley, and oregano), plus some chili and lots of garlic. You can imagine how flavorful it is.
Why we love this recipe: it looks as good as it tastes.
Southern-style cornbread is a crumbly delicacy that is perfect for mopping up those last bites of soup, or you can crumble your slice over the soup and mix it in like croutons.
There’s a million different ways to make cornbread.
This recipe is slightly sweet, moist, and easy to customize. I like adding bacon and jalapenos.
Why we love this recipe: you can’t go wrong with the classics.
Bell pepper salad
This bell pepper salad will add a nice pop of color to your table.
Use all three colors of sweet bell peppers – red, yellow, and orange – for the best looking plate.
I normally skip the green pepper because it has a slightly bitter taste. This recipe adds some green with cucumber instead!
Psst… add more substance with chickpeas, white albacore tuna, or quinoa.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a yummy low-carb salad.
Another side that’s simple, crunchy, and quick to make are these pickled jalapenos.
They’ve got a real balanced flavor profile – they’re tangy and spicy, but with sweet notes to balance these out.
And they’ll keep in the fridge for up to two months, so you can have them on hand if you decide to make an impromptu soup for lunch.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a solid holiday gift idea!
Smoked sausage and potatoes
This smoked sausage and potatoes skillet is a cozy medley that will make your soup a complete meal.
It’s all cooked in one pot, meaning less clean up after.
Psst… make extra and serve the leftovers with egg the next day for breakfast.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great if you’re cooking for a crowd.
The best side dishes to serve with black bean soup
- Cilantro lime rice
- Pico de gallo
- Tortilla scoops
- Cheesy beef quesadillas
- Sweet corn and arugula salad
- Grilled avocado
- Chimichurri garlic bread
- Southern cornbread
- Bell pepper salad
- Pickled jalapenos
- Smoked sausage and potatoes
What To Serve With Black Bean Soup
- 1 portion black bean soup
- Prepare your black bean soup according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: cilantro lime rice, pico de gallo, tortilla scoops, cheesy beef quesadillas, sweet corn and arugula salad, grilled avocado, chimichurri garlic bread, southern cornbread, bell pepper salad, pickled jalapenos, and smoked sausage and potatoes.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!