I made this as written, except I omitted the jalapeno pepper (kiddos wouldn't have eaten it.) This is the first Tortilla soup I've ever made that was blended. I also like black beans in chicken tortilla soup, but didn't miss them in this recipe. I think the fresh lime juice and cilantro are really what made a HUGE difference. It took a while to put together, but was well worth the time. I will make this again!