Very delicious! I left out the green pepper (don't care for it) and added a mahi mahi filet cut into pieces and some Oregon shrimp. Don't leave out the hot sauce-it adds a nice touch to the soup! I used bacon fat, and chopped the 2 strips of bacon and added them also. Served with rolls made from Food Processor French Bread.
I loved this soup. I'm usually more of a New England chowder eater, but there are some times when I have a hard time justifying all of those calories and fat. This was every bit as good as the creamy-style clam chowder (although, obviously, very different). We used butter instead of bacon fat, and it was still plenty flavorful. Thanks for posting this, Kitten -- I can always count on you for a delicious version of a standard recipe. :)