March 2010: Loved this! What great flavor :) I didn't have any pinto beans so I used adzuki beans instead. For the sausage, I used smoked Ukranian sausage (I'm in northern Alberta); would probably be great with chorizo too (must try next time). Everything else was as per the recipe, including all the garnishes. Absolutely delicious and definitely becoming part of my regular rotation. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! UPDATE, Nov. 5 2014: I used this soup recipe in a "top chef" competition at my workplace, adding the "mystery ingredients" of 1/2 cup coffee to the broth and bacon and chorizo instead of the smoked sausage - and I won :) If you haven't tried this soup - DO! It's really amazing.