My favorite "go to" recipes evolve over time. Black bean soup is a super quick and easy meal to prepare if you have the ingredients on hand. A big salad, some whole wheat tortillas, maybe a Tecate --- all good.
A couple of simple changes to this version of Spicy Black Bean Soup v 1.1 make it more vegan and brighten the flavor. For version 1.2, just use 2 tomatoes and add a 16 ounce jar of drained then pureed roasted red peppers that were packed in water.
I was surprised at how much this enhanced the flavor. I also switched from chicken stock to vegetable stock. My wife and I eat mostly vegan these days, so I made this change though it would be fine if all I had was chicken stock. Try this soup. It really is excellent.