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In the words of Emeril, "Oh yeah, babe!" This is comfort food at its finest. I just don't have anything bad to say about this soup, nor would I change anything, EXCEPT to add just a smidge of shredded cheese (this time I added Asiago) to the top. From start to finish, I enjoyed this. It smelled incredible; a lovely smoky aroma. It had just the slightest hint of spiciness to it, nothing overwhelming, very subtle. I don't want to drone on, let me simply say that I thoroughly enjoyed this soup. Thanks!
I made this a little differently, but it was absolutely delicious. I pureed only half of the beans with some of the broth and mixed it back in with the rest of the soup. I didn't have chorizo, so I made a "chorizo" recipe using ground beef that I found on Zaar. That worked out great, but I'm sure the chorizo sausage would have been even better. I used Mexican oregano. I also realized halfway through making this that I was out of diced tomatoes. I thought I'd use Rotel instead, but I was out of that, too! I ended up using 14 ounces of Pace picante sauce, and it worked out so well that I'd probably do that again next time. DH doesn't care for noticable pieces of tomato in his soups, and the picante sauce blended in nicely without leaving any larger pieces of tomato. I guess that's not an issue if you puree everything. I left out the cream sherry because I didn't have any. I only made changes to the recipe because I didn't have everything on hand, but what I got was a wonderfully flavorful soup that was really more like a thin chili. I don't think you can go wrong with this recipe, no matter how you put it together. These ingredients (and apparently reasonable substitutes) go together so well, you just can't go wrong. In fact, next time I may double the recipe because it disappeared so quickly! Good stuff.
I did not puree the soup and I tought it was great. DH also liked it a lot and he is hard to please. Not too spicy and loved all the fiber! I used canned black beans instead of dried. Will make again!