I followed the recipe with the exception of leaving out the chili powder (I'm not a big fan of spicy), and adding a can of black beans. Because I wanted to make it as quick and and easy as possible, I bought one of those roasted chickens from Kroger and shredded the meat from it.
The soup was totally delicious, but my favorite part of the recipe was the last step that called for homemade tortilla chips. They were so easy, and so good. All you do is take a corn tortilla, brush it with some olive oil, cut it into whatever shape you want (triangles, strips, etc.), sprinkle on a little salt, and bake for around 10 minutes. They made me never want to buy tortilla chips from the store again.
The finished product last Sunday night for dinner. I added more cilantro, some sour cream, cheese, and a few of the tortilla chips.
This recipe made enough soup for dinner, plus a big container which Will and I ate lunch from several times during the week, and three jars that I froze for future lunches or a quick dinner. I want to start keeping track of how much particular recipes cost, because we ate so much delicious soup for what seemed like not very much money at all.I'll definitely be making it again.