black bean soup last night so I thought I'd share it with you. Here's the changes I made to the recipe:
I didn't use 10 slices of bacon. I started out with a couple tablespooons of oil in the pan.
I used vegetable broth instead of the chicken broth, and I used about a cup more than called for.
I used a can of fire-roasted tomatoes. I really like these and use them a lot.
I added a 4-oz can of chopped green chilis and about two tablespoons of sugar.
I also added about a tablespoon of real bacon pieces (used in salad) and about a tsp. of liquid smoke.
I didn't use the cilantro. I like cilantro, but didn't have any. And, I don't think I'd use the whole bunch like the recipe says! That seems like a lot.
I forgot the lime juice. I don't think it made much difference.
I used the cheddar cheese for garnish, but not the sour cream or onions.
This was a great alternative to regular chili, and you should try it!