Authentic Applebee’s Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup Recipe Revealed

Do you love Applebee’s Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup? Have you tried to recreate it at home, but failed? Well, your search for the perfect copycat recipe is over!

In this article, I’m going to reveal the “authentic” Applebee’s Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup recipe. I’ll take you step-by-step through the process of making this delicious soup, as if I’m right there in the kitchen with you.

The smell of the spices, the sizzle of the steak, and the warmth of the soup will make your taste buds tingle with anticipation. So, let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

A bowl of Applebees Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup
A bowl of Applebees Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup

If you’re in the mood for a hearty bowl of southwestern flavor, then this Applebee’s Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup Recipe is sure to hit the spot. Not only will it fill you and your family up, but it’s also sure to become a new favorite in your recipe collection.

I can personally attest to the deliciousness of this soup. The savory sirloin steak, combined with the red peppers, green pepper, and black bean salsa, create a flavor combination that is both unique and delicious. Plus, with all the ingredients being cooked together in a large skillet, this dish is sure to be a hit with minimal effort.

From the rich flavor to the simple preparation, there’s a lot to love about this Applebee’s Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup Recipe. So if you’re looking for something new and delicious to make, you’ll want to give this recipe a try.

Now, let’s look at the ingredients you’ll need to make this tasty dish…

Ingredient List:

If you’re looking to make an authentic-tasting Applebee’s Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup, then you’ll need to gather a few ingredients first. With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up this restaurant-quality recipe in no time. Here’s everything you’ll need:

-1 lb sirloin steak

-1 can black beans

-1 red pepper

-1 green pepper

-1 red onion

-1 small onion

-1 tablespoon olive oil

-1 teaspoon ground cumin

-1 teaspoon chili powder

-3 cloves garlic

-3 cups chicken broth

-2 cups vegetable broth

-2 tablespoons tomato paste

-1 cup brown rice

-1/2 cup black bean salsa

-1/4 cup cheddar cheese

-tortilla strips or tortilla chips, for garnish

-dollop of sour cream, for garnish

The Recipe How-To:

Now that you have the ingredients list, it’s time to get cooking! To make this delicious copycat Applebee’s Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup, you’ll first need to heat up a large pot over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add in the ground beef and cook it until it’s nicely browned.

Next, I like to add in the onion and garlic and cook them until they become fragrant. This will add a wonderful aroma to your soup and help to bring out all of the flavors. Once the onion and garlic are done, pour in the black beans, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. Stir everything together and bring it to a low simmer.

Now it’s time for the spices. Add in the cumin, chili powder, and oregano and stir everything together. This is the secret combination of spices that will give your soup the delicious flavor of a copycat Applebee’s recipe.

Next, add in the bell peppers and corn and give it all a good stir. The bell peppers will add a delicious crunch and sweetness to the soup, while the corn will give it a wonderful texture.

Finally, add in the steak and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. This will give the steak time to cook and will also allow all of the flavors to really blend together.

Once the steak is cooked through, your soup is ready! Serve it hot and enjoy the taste of a top-secret restaurant recipe without ever setting foot in Applebee’s.

Substitutions & Variations:

It’s time to add some flair to the recipe and make it your own! There are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make to put your own spin on this famous Applebee’s Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup. Whether you want to make it a bit healthier or just change it up a bit, you’re sure to find something that suits your tastes.

-For a vegetarian option, you can leave out the steak and use a plant-based ground beef alternative or extra beans.

-To make this recipe in a slow cooker, simply brown the steak and sauté the vegetables in a separate pan before adding them to the slow cooker with the remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

-To make this recipe in an Instant Pot, brown the steak using the sauté function. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the rice and salsa, and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Release the pressure naturally and stir in the rice and salsa.

-For a lower-calorie option, try using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

Storing and Freezing Suggestions:

No matter how much you prepare for a meal, there’s always the possibility that you’ll have leftovers. If you make this delicious Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup using our authentic Applebee’s recipe, it’s important to know how to store and freeze your extra servings. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your soup:

Slow Cooker: If you used a slow cooker to make this soup, you can store the leftovers in the same appliance. Simply set the cooker to “warm” and leave the lid on until you’re ready to serve your soup again.

Airtight Container: Transferring your soup to an airtight container is an easy way to store your leftovers in the fridge. Make sure you let the soup cool before transferring it, and label the container with the date to track when it was cooked.

Large Pot: If you cooked your soup in a large pot, you can store the leftovers directly in the pot. Again, be sure to let the soup cool before you put the lid on, and store it in the fridge.

Freeze: If you have a lot of leftovers and don’t want them to go to waste, you can freeze them for up to three months. Transfer the soup to an airtight container, label it with the date, and store it in the freezer.

These storage and freezing suggestions will help you make the most of your Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup. When you’re ready to enjoy your soup the next day, simply warm it up in a slow cooker, large pot, or microwave. To make sure you never forget this delicious recipe, be sure to write it down on a recipe card and store it somewhere safe.

Extra Tips for the Recipe’s Success:

With the right ingredients and a few easy tips, you can make the most delicious and authentic-tasting Applebee’s Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup. I have tested and failed several times, so my experience might help a bit:

  • For a little extra flavor, try adding a teaspoon of ground cumin and a pinch of salt when cooking the steak to make sure it cooks golden brown and bring a lot of flavor to the dish. You can also add bell pepper for some extra sweetness.
  • Be careful when searching for recipes online, as there may be a lot of fake content, and it’s hard to determine if the recipe is accurate. Try using an anonymous proxy to access recipes from cookbooks, such as “Mary Nabors” which is a great resource for copycat restaurant recipes.
  • If you’re following a calorie-restrictive diet, try using a leaner meat, such as chicken or turkey and using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for a lighter version of the recipe. And also, you can use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for more healthy recipe.
  • When making this recipe, be sure to use a big pot to make sure that all the ingredients will have enough room to cook evenly. Also when you cook at medium-low heat the flavors develop better.
  • Before serving the dish you can add a little salt and pepper to suit your taste or also you can add a side of Applebee’s salad or some warm tortilla chips to make it more complete.
  • It’s important to take into account the daily values and nutrition facts when making any recipe, especially if you’re cooking for someone with specific dietary needs. With this recipe, you have the added benefit of being able to adjust the ingredients to fit your needs and make it healthier and more flavorful.
  • You can also check out the “Mary Nabors” book for more bean soups recipes and ideas for substitutions and variations for this recipe.
  • Consider keeping a recipe card for this recipe so that you can make it again with ease next time. This will save you time and effort, and you can also make notes to adjust the recipe to your preferences.
  • Be mindful of your personal information when searching online for recipes, as some recipe websites may collect your data. Also, try not to share your personal information while searching for recipes.

Note: Keep in mind that this recipe is a copycat of Applebee’s Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup, and we don’t have access to the top secret restaurant recipes, this is an inspiration and a new look on the dish.

You can find more information in the book “Mary Nabors” where you can find a collection of copycat recipes. Also, be aware that nutritional information is approximate and may vary based on the specific ingredients used, but it’s a great way to make a comforting, flavorful, and healthy meal for your family.

This article is a part of The Ultimate Steak Cookbook, our ever-growing mini encyclopedia on techniques for delicious steak recipes. Please bookmark and return. There will be a lot of useful information for you.

A bowl of Applebees Southwest Steak and Black Bean

Applebee’s Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup

A hearty and flavorful soup that combines the taste of sirloin steak, black beans, peppers, and a blend of spices, that is easy to make at home.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Southwest
Servings 8
Calories 230 kcal


  • large skillet
  • spoon or spatula
  • big pot


  • 1 lb sirloin steak
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup black bean salsa
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • tortilla strips or tortilla chips for serving
  • dollop of sour cream for serving


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add steak and cook until golden brown.
  • Remove steak from skillet and set aside.
  • Add diced red pepper, green pepper, red onion, and small onion to skillet and cook until slightly softened, around 3-4 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add canned black beans, cumin, chili powder, and tomato paste to skillet and stir.
  • Add chicken broth and vegetable broth to skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Add cooked steak, brown rice, and black bean salsa to soup and simmer for an additional 10 minutes or until rice is fully cooked.
  • Serve in bowls and top with cheddar cheese and tortilla strips or tortilla chips, and a dollop of sour cream.


  • For a vegetarian option, omit steak and use plant-based ground beef alternative or extra beans.
  • For a lower-calorie option, try using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
    You can use vegetable broth for a more healthy recipe
  • You can add a teaspoon of ground cumin and a pinch of salt when cooking the steak for added flavor.
  • Serve with a side of brown rice, quinoa, or Applebee’s salad.
  • The nutritional information will vary based on the specific ingredients used.
    This recipe is a copycat of Applebee’s Southwest Steak and Black Bean Soup and the nutritional information is approximate.
  • Check out the book “Mary Nabors” for more copycat recipes of this type of dish
  • Consider storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freezing for up to 3 months



Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 17gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 764mgPotassium: 470mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 900IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 2mg
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Shara @The Bird BBQ

Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.