My family absolutely loves this soup and I have made it about 3 times in the past 4 months. I've never made it exactly as is, so maybe I should try it. When I make it I add sauteed onions with corn after straining the mixture. I also add a box of prepared Spanish Rice, I use Rice A Roni brand and prepare as directed on package and then add it to the soup, and serve topped with chips and sour cream. It's delicious!!