• 2 cups dry black beans
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 inch strips
  • 4 (3.5 ounce) links sweet Italian sausage
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sherry
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste


In a large bowl, combine the beans with the water and let soak overnight. Beans will double in size so be sure to use a large enough bowl. In the morning, drain and rinse the beans.

In a large pot over high heat, combine the beans, chicken, sausage, bay leaves, cumin, onion, garlic and sherry. Add enough water to cover all ingredients.

Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until beans are tender. Add tomato paste to soup and stir until dissolved.