Black Bean Soup is a rare treat for me. You see, my husband doesn’t eat beans. I mean he doesn’t eat ANY beans of ANY kind, therefore I’ve gotten out of the habit of adding beans to our diet. He definitely did not grow up in NM where beans, chiles and tortillas are staple ingredients in every kitchen. It’s getting colder and I’ve been in the mood for a hearty soup. This recipe is definitely loaded with flavor with a variety of chiles, bacon, tomatoes, and seasonings. And of course I couldn’t go without my toppings. I couldn’t resist some crunchy corn tortilla strips with avocado slices and cilantro. It definitely warmed my soul and lifted my spirits on this cold dreary day.