This soup is really easy to make but extremely flavorful. You can even make it in your crockpot if you'd like! I like my foods on the mild side, but if you can handle the heat, you can add in a couple of extra chilies. I don't recommend using canned beans. I use dried beans which are soaked overnight and then slowly cooked with the rest of the chili. It seems to help thicken the broth and make the chili a little more hearty than a soup.
Sorry, for the short post. I spent all last week in Denver watching my 2 year old nephew (along with my 19 month old son) and I'm exhausted trying to recover! Here's a picture of the two of them I took with my phone. We had such a fun time, but I can't imagine having two that close in age! Kudos to all of you moms who do!