From the forums on Mothering.com. Sounds amazing! She says: WARNING! This soup has a bit of a kick to it, so you might want to reduce the red and/or black pepper. It's not much kick, mostly heat, but I wanted to put out an FYI for those of you don't appreciate the heat so much. I'm posting this here to make this week. ETA: I used 5 pieces of thick-cut bacon and 1 Braeburn apple, and 4 cups of water + 2 tsp of chicken boullion and 2 tsp of beef bouillion and forgot the lime and it is AWESOME!