Food styling: Black bean soup – casual to super-chic

Black bean soup shots

Served in elegant sherry glasses, this black bean soup with pan-roasted poblano peppers and crispy shoestring tortillas makes a gorgeous and stylish hors d’oeuvre (soup shots, anyone…?!), not to mention a healthy one.

Ladle the warmed soup in a measuring cup and pour in small sherry glasses. Garnish with a cilantro leaf and a dollop of crème fraîche or sour cream. You’ll want to thin the soup with a little water when serving it this way so that it’s a bit more liquid and easier for your guests to sip.

Black bean soup shots

For a bit of fun, try dunking a strip of crispy tortilla in each glass. You can find the instructions in this recipe.

Black bean soup with pan-roasted poblano peppers and crispy shoestring tortillas-deconstructed

And why not serve the soup deconstructed? The black bean soup, the crispy shoestring tortillas, along with some diced avocados topped with chopped cilantro – all served in individual bowls. Your guests will enjoy dipping the garnish in the soup as they eat. Fun and festive!

Black bean soup with pan-roasted poblano peppers and crispy shoestring tortillas-avocado slices

Serving thin slices of avocado next to the soup makes it a complete meal for lunch. Drizzle the avocado slices with a little lime vinaigrette to bring out their flavor. For the vinaigrette, whisk 1 tablespoon lime juice with 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and a good pinch of sea salt. Sprinkle with finely grated white pepper.

Black bean soup with pan-roasted poblano peppers and crispy shoestring tortillas

Last but not least, I love serving the soup in these deep bowls. It’s the simplest presentation, but also the most versatile – casual or chic! Place the garnishes side by side in the center of the soup rather than on top of each other.


Black bean soup with pan-roasted poblano peppers and crispy shoestring tortillas

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  1. As a newcomer to your site, I have found your recipes are simple and very easy to follow. You have shown that flavors need not be complicated – complex, yes – complicated, no. Your styling is also simple, yet elegant. I love your creations. Thank you for sharing.

    • JC Marc! Thank you so, so much for your kind words – they went straight to my heart! I try very hard to make gourmet-yet-simple recipes that people with busy lives will want to cook. It is gratifying to know that readers like yourself get it.

      On a side note, I took the liberty of editing your comment and changed the word “Simplistic” to “Simple”. I think that was your meaning. The word “simplistic” means “to oversimplify”.

      Thank you again! Enjoy the site and…. Bon Appétit!

  2. Congratulations,Viviane!
    What a cool and elegant way to present the black bean soup.

  3. oh my! i LOVE your presentation of this soup.
    i have no doubt that it tastes delicious but the way you poured it in those cocktail glasses has taken this to a whole new level! 😀

  4. Such beautiful styling – thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I’ve never said this before, but you are probably one of few people i know who successfully styled brown soup. So beautiful!

  6. Viviane, Beautiful presentation! It looks delicious. Marc says wow! I say wow, wow! 🙂

  7. ALL of these photos are gorgeous! Now I need to go check out the soup recipe because you make it look utterly delicious!

  8. Bonjour Madam,

    You are extremely talented and I love the simplicity of your work. I am a huge fan of black bean soup and I can eat it all season. Excellent job!

    Merci Beaucoup,

  9. Beautiful and stylish!

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  11. What a lovely idea! I might need to have a fancy party to try this out!

  12. my fav soup has never looked so good!

  13. Hi Viviane – fabulous! Who would think to make black bean soup fancy? You have such a talent for turning the everyday into elegant!
    Congrats on Top 9!

  14. Absolutely stunning! What a great idea for serving soup. Beautiful pictures as well!

  15. What a great way to serve up the soup. Great!!

  16. Those are the best black bean soups I’ve ever seen.

  17. Gorgeous! I particularly like the soup in the cocktail glasses, but these are all beautiful. My bet’s that it tastes great too.

  18. Great serving ideas….both so pretty!

  19. The humble black bean soup looks so elegant!! Love your presentations!!!

  20. mm, yum. i love black bean soup. if we put it in a glass flute like this will it get cold fast? thanks for sharing.

  21. Thanks for your Black bean soup, I really like it. I recently found another soup recipe that is similar to yours, its call the Red Bean Soup, if anyone would like to try it, the recipe could be found on

  22. Serving the soup shooter- style in sherry glasses sure sets the tone for a festive evening!–Gorgeous photos.

  23. Viviane: These sherry shotglasses filled with the black bean soup and perfect garnishes are so elegant! What an eye-catching presentation.

  24. The soup served in sherry glasses is my absolute favorite!

  25. What an elegant way to serve soup for a cocktail party! This way the soup is portable and well presented.

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  27. One word: WOW!!!!

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