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Asian Fusion Black Bean Soup with Scrumptious Sambal Avocado Crema

A bowl of Asian Fusion Black Bean soup showing one of the flavor notes, Indonesian Sambal Sauce.
Asian Fusion Black Bean Soup! Oh Yum!

This post is a part of the The Serious Foodie Blogger Recipe Challenge! 50 bloggers were invited to take the challenge and were provided finger-licking delicious rubs and spicy condiments. Our mission: To WOW the judges! So let’s GO… Let’s Cook up some creative deliciousness!

A jar of Serious Foodie Indonesian Sambal Hot Sauce and a jar of Serious Foodie Asian Fusion Rub.
Serious Foodie Sauces and Rubs boost flavor!

  1. Serious Foodie signature sauces are inspired from the founders travels to foreign countries. Each country visited meant a new flavor combination to add to their line. Their palates expanded as chefs from around the world shared their secret flavor combinations.

  2. Serious Foodie was founded in 2014 starting out as a food and travel blog. I love to read about how someone’s passion became a business.

  3. Serious Foodie products are made in small batches with an artisan approach. The owners value hands on and keep an eye on the quality of each and every ingredient, down to the very salt they use.

  4. Serious Foodie’s sauces, marinades, and spice rubs, all include at least one region-specific ingredient!

  5. Serious Foodie’s rubs, marinades, and spices do not include MSG nor a list of preservatives I cannot pronounce. HUGE Bravo to Serious Foodie from lil’ old me.

  6. Serous Foodie gives back through giving to charities such as FreeSet, the Rotary Foundation MIcroloan project and No Kid Hungry. Thank YOU!


As stated above, I appreciate the ingredient list on Serious Foodie Products! For example, check out the ingredients in the two products I am using in the recipe below.

Serious Foodie Asian Fusion Sweet-Spicy Rub

The most common flavor blend in Asian Fusion is savory-sweet-spicy, and that is exactly what this combo of spices does! Ingredients: Demerara Sugar, Paprika, Sea Salt, Ground Ginger, Coriander, Cardamom, Garlic Powder, Bird’s Eye Chili Powder, and Cumin.

I enjoyed the flavor of Asian Fusion, and found the spice blend to be well balanced and not too sweet nor salt. It tastes like a blend I would make at home with natural ingredients.

The rub could be added to chili, soups, braised meats, fried fish, stir-fry veggies and tofu. I love Serious Foodie Asian Fusion sprinkled on popcorn, scrambled eggs, and hello even mixed into a herb forward cocktail!

A spoonful of Serious Foodie Indonesian Sambal Sauce is ready to go on Black Bean Soup!
Serious Foodie Indonesian Sambal Hot Sauce taste so fresh!

Serious Foodie Indonesian Sambal Hot Sauce

Most serious foodies know all about Sambal, an Indonesian chilli sauce or paste, typically made from a mixture of a variety of chilli peppers, shrimp paste, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, palm sugar, and lime juice. The ingredients in Serious Foodie’s Indonesian Sambal include: chili, distilled vinegar, shallots, garlic, lime, sugar, and salt.

And let me tell you, for having such a few natural ingredients, Serious Foodie’s Sambal packs a ton of intriguing flavor and an appropriate amount of heat! I am still savoring the Sambal Avocado Crema I made with just three ingredients: Serious Foodie Sambal Hot Sauce, sour cream, and avocado. GANG, I did not need to add salt….and tcrema is memorable.

My standard black bean soup usually includes chopped garlic, chili powder, ginger, and a lot of other ingredients. However, Serious Foodie Sambal Hot Sauce did all the work for me in Asian Fusion Black Bean Soup! The Sambal Hot Sauce is loaded with garlic, chili, and vinegar! These three ingredients bring the perfect amount of heat, a scrumptious flavor, and overall balance to the black bean soup.

I enjoy using Serious Foodie Sambal Hot Sauce on Asian or Mexican dishes when a flavor boost or touch of heat is needed. The fresh flavor of Serious Foodie Sambal is delightful on pizza, Huevos Rancheros, Spaghetti Sauce, pork cutlets, crispy chicken, vegan dishes, spaghetti squash and oh so much more!

Sambal sauce, avocado, and sour cream are mixed together to make a flavorful crema.
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Serious Foodie Asian Fusion Rub is being added to black beans to make soup.
Asian Fusion Rub is not for meat and fish alone! Yay for Flavorful Beans!!


It’s soup season so that’s what I have cooking! A delicious bowl of comforting black bean soup is on the menu. But not any old black bean soup! Asian Fusion Sweet and Spicy Black Bean Soup with Scrumptious Sambal Avocado Crema! The Flavor, The Balance…The Ease….are off-the-charts! And for a little crunchy topping, finely chopped green onion, cilantro, basil, and mini peppers with a drizzle of Serious Food New Zealand Tamarillo Vinegar!

Black Bean Soup is in a bowl topped with Sambal Avocado Crema, lime slice, and finely chopped veggies.
OH MY GOSH do you see that deliciousness?

Recipe Asian Fusion Black Bean Soup with Scrumptious Sambal Avocado Crema
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Asian Fusion Black Bean Soup with Scrumptious Sambal Avocado Crema

Course: Entree

Cuisine: Asian Fusion

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20-30 minutes

Eating Style: Standard, Vegetarian

Serves: 6


Asian Fusion Black Bean Soup:

1 tablespoon avocado oil, or preferred cooking oil

1 large yellow, white, or red onion, chopped

1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste (depending on sodium in beans), divided

2 (30 oz) cans black beans* or (6 cups cooked beans), drain, divided

4 teaspoons Serious Foodie Asian Fusion Sweet/Spicy Rub

2 cups vegetable broth, or chicken or beef bone broth

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Sambal Avocado Crema:

1/2 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup mashed avocado

1 tablespoon Serious Foodie Indonesian Sambal Hot Sauce

2 teaspoons water, more if needed to thin

Tamarillo Vinegar Veggie Topping:

3/4 cup finely chopped mini sweet peppers

1/3 cup finely chopped scallions

1/4 cup combination of minced cilantro and basil or just cilantro

1/2 tablespoon Serious Foodie Tamarillo Vinegar


For the Soup: Heat the oil in a soup pot or Dutch Oven over medium heat. Add the onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sauté the onions, stirring frequently, for 6 minutes.

Add 1 can (3 cups) black beans and the Serious Foodie Asian Fusion Sweet/Spicy Rub to the sautéed onions; and stir for 1 minute over medium heat.

Combine the remaining can (3 cups) of black beans, broth, and tomato paste, in a blender bowl, and process until smooth with black bean skin specks. Add pureed black beans to the spiced black beans and onions.

Heat the black bean soup, on low heat, stirring frequently, for 25 minutes. During the last 5 minutes, add the lime juice.

For the Crema: Use a mini food processor or beat by hand until smooth, the sour cream, mashed avocado, Serious Foodie Indonesian Sambal Hot Sauce, and water.

Tip: To easily drizzle or squirt the crema onto the soup, place it into a squirt bottle or a sealable plastic baggie with the 1/4-inch corner snipped off.

For the Topping:

In a 2-cup bowl, mix red sweet peppers, scallions, herbs, and Serious Foodie Tamarillo Vinegar.

To Serve: Ladle Asian Fusion Black Bean Soup into soup bowls. Squirt Sambal Avocado Crema in a zigzag line on soup, and sprinkle with Tamarillo Vinegar Veggie Topping.

Serve the soup with additional Serious Foodie Indonesian Sambal Hot Sauce, chopped cilantro/basil and lime slices. Enjoy!

2 cups of broth are near the spices that the black bean soup will be made from.
Vegetable Broth or Chicken or Beef Bone Broth are great choices to thin the black beans.

Showing what black beans and broth look like after blending.
Blend 1/2 of the black beans and all the broth then add remaining black beans!

1 tablesoon of tomato paste is ready to be added to the soup.
Tomato paste helps to deepen the flavor of the soup and contributes to the thickness.

Showing the vegetables that are chopped to sprinkle on top of the finished soup.
The addition the chopped peppers, scallions, and herbs adds a pop of freshness and texture. !

A bowl of black bean soup with all of the toppings!
Oh Yum Black Bean Soup is ready to eat!

A bowl of black bean soup sits next to Asian Fusion Sweet Spicy Rub and Indonesian Sambal Hot Sauce!
Black Bean Sojp has jsut been elevated! Thank you Serious Foodie~



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