Spanish Bean Soup


You know how in every family each family member has a “signature” dish? This soup is my “signature” dish according to my Hubby’s family. Usually my mother-in-law would ask me to make it on Sundays after church if she had a busy weekend or my brother-in-law would harass me into making it. I would say beg, but he doesn’t beg he harasses. Actually we like to harass each other. You know call each other names, make fun of each other, it’s really a loving and well balance relationship. Although it may look a little hostile if you don’t know us. I am saving up for the next time I see him, guns blazing. 😀

Spanish Bean


I have no clue why it took me so long to post it. It is such a delicious and simple dish. The first time I ever had Spanish Bean Soup was at the Silver Ring in Downtown Lakeland, FL. It is a little mom & pop sandwich shop that has been there for years. It has a very simple menu and is cash only. It doesn’t look like much from the outside….or the inside for that matter, but don’t let that fool you. Their daily special is half of a Cuban sandwich with a cup of Spanish Bean or Black Bean soup. Some days I would get the special but most of the time I would just get a big bowl of Spanish Bean soup with bread and butter, it’s divine.


I cannot tell you how many times I digged around the bottom of my purse for change, to have enough for just a cup of their soup. I finally got wise and tried to make my own soup. Which is a good thing I did because I’m not finding any Spanish Bean Soup here in Tulsa.

It has been a while since I made this soup. Yesterday it popped into my head and I just had to have some. I know it is summer and most people don’t think soup in the summer, but I don’t care what season it is, when I crave something I make it and eat it.


I absolutely love this soup and can eat it over and over again. The broth is full of flavor and tons of aroma. You will want to soak up every drop with a some bread. The garbanzos are firm against the tender potatoes and you get just a hint of spice from the sausage. If you want to make it even heartier, drop a spoonful of rice in the soup.

Devour with vigor and enjoy!  Don’t forget to wipe your chin.

Print Recipe

Spanish Bean Soup (serves 4 – 6)

  • 2 Cans of Garbanzo Beans (not drained)
  • 1 qt of Chicken Broth
  • 1 Andouille sausage, cut in half and sliced (can also use Kielbasa or Chorizo sausage)
  • 3 Red potatoes, quartered & thinly slice
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup of Sofito (3 Cubes)
  • 1 envelope of Sazon with saffron
  • 1 tbsp of Olive Oil
  • salt to taste

Heat 1 Tbs of olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat, add 4 cubes of sofrito (1/4 cup), cook until it breaks down, abt. 5 mins.

Add sausage & onions, cook until onions are soft and translucent, add potatoes and garbanzo beans (undrained), chicken stock & an envelope of Sazon con Azafran, stir.

Turn up the heat and bring to a boil, turn heat down and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Serve hot with bread and butter.


  1. Mike says

    In the list of ingedients it lists 2 cans of drained garbonzo’s then in the directions it says add the garbonzo’s (not drained), which is it. THis recipe looks delicious and I want to get it right!

  2. shanna says

    I googled spanish bean soup & up popped your site… Funny thing is I live in Lakeland, FL & eat @ silver ring all the time :) Such a small world!!!!

  3. B-Bro says

    My wife makes it as well with the reciepe being a little different and I’m eating it right now in North Georgia 44 degrees. We’re from Tampa and all my peeps eat it there…Good Stuff :-)

  4. sbs says

    this is my favorite recipe for spanish bean soup. i look up your site for it by typing in google images and look for your soup. all the other images have grouse looking sick soup
    thank you for yours, i grew up in florida and love this soup- yours better than the columbia

  5. Mary Ann says

    I made this over the weekend and it was FABULOUS!!! It was also quick with easy to follow instructions! The Sofrito and Sazon were available at my local Vallarta Market!
    Thank you, Meseidy

  6. Kristian says

    Could someone please describe what the taste of Sazon is? And the main ingredients (except saffron)?

    I live in Denmark, Europe, and I don´t think it is for sale anywhere.

    Thank you :)

    • says

      Sazon it just a blend of seasonings. Equal parts salt, garlic powder, cumin, corriander and annato. Other possible additions include onion powder, tomato powder and saffron. 1 1/4 tsp equals 1 envelope of Sazon.

    • Coral says

      It has some resemblance to “Cocido Madrileno” but it is not!!! Cocido has a variety of meats and it traditionally served as two different dishes , the “caldo” as the first dish and the meats and vegetables as a second.

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