With over 100 company-owned and franchised restaurants throughout the Eastern and Midwestern United States, RARE Hospitality International Inc. has a fast-growing presence in the steakhouse segment of the dining industry. This relative newcomer to the market--at scarcely 15 years in business, compared to such 1960s-era chains as Ponderosa and Bonanza--RARE's irreverent style of "cowboy cuisine" shook up the segment. By 1996, the company's core chain of LongHorn Steakhouses numbered 81 units. Following its initial public offering in 1992, the company acquired the Bugaboo Creek Steak House chain and its smaller The Capital Grille group of pricey eateries. Founder George W. McKerrow, Jr. continued to serve the company as chairman through the mid-1990s.
Black Bean Soup
BLACK BEAN SOUP
Lone Star Steakhouse Copycat Recipe
2 (15 oz) cans black beans
1/4 teaspoon red onion, diced
2 teaspoons pickled jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
Pour the canned beans along with their liquid into a medium saucepan. Add the remaining soup ingredients and mix together. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 1 hour. Add water as necessary or until it is as thick as you like.Serve each bowl of soup with a garnish of red onion, jalapeno slices and sour cream arranged carefully in center of bowl.
This soup is also very good with a bit of chopped cilantro added to it while simmering and/or as a garnish. You might also want to add some shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese on top as well.