Black Bean Soup with Chorizo at Mex-to-Go in Croton


On this winter day, we’re looking back at a story about must-try soups. Here’s a great one in Croton.

Black Bean Soup with Chorizo

Where to get it: Mex-to-Go, Croton-on-Hudson

Tania Savayan/The Journal News 

Story behind it: “I grew up with black bean soup,” says Mex-to-Go’s owner and Croton resident Mayra Caguano Viznay, who combines Ecuadorian influences with Mexican staples at Mex-to-Go. At home, she made a black bean soup for her family using chorizo. When regular customers began requesting black bean soup at Mex-to-Go two years ago, she wanted to give them something different and special. “So I prepared it the same way I do at home,” says Viznay. Customers seemed to like it, so two years later it still appears on the winter menu. “Only I make the soup,” she says.

Ingredients: Chipotle, chorizo, black beans, onions, tomatoes, garlic, and hot annatto, which “adds a little color,” says Viznay.

Why we love it: There’s nothing glamorous about Mex-to-Go. In fact, the takeout kitchen is about a utilitarian as it gets, so getting a soup this flavorful and dimensional is a welcoming surprise. It’s goes way beyond expectations. The soup is made up of al dente beans and small pieces of smoky chorizo and it’s that smoky flavor that wins us over time and again. And again. And again…

Great for: Those nights when you just can’t bear to cook. Call in an order on the way home from work, and poof: Dinner! And you didn’t even have to open the microwave.

Also at Mex-to-Go: Excellent burritos, guacamole and chips, and beautifully spiced and juicy rotisserie chickens that blow away whatever your grocery store’s got going.

Grab a spoonful: 345 South Riverside Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, 914-271-8646,

— Mary Lynn Mitcham


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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