I like this cause you just toss everything together in a pot or a slow cooker and that's it. You can switch out any beans, and switch out corn for hominy. However, this is the way we like it at our house. I use as many low sodium or no salt products I can find, just to control the sodium content. This soup is spicy made like this recipe. To tone down the heat, use the mild or Mexican Rotel and mild chili beans. I make my own taco seasoning too (recipe is posted), so I swap that out for the envelope to taste. The leftovers freeze very well!