Vegetarian Black Bean Soup



  1. Combine beans and the water.
  2. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
  5. Drain and rinse beans.
  6. In a slow cooker combine beans, onion, chile pepper, garlic, broth, cumin, chili powder, and salt.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 9 to 10 hours or on high for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.
  8. Using a potato masher, coarsely mash the beans.
  9. Top each serving with cilantro and serve with lime wedges for squeezing.
  10. Top each serving with sour cream.