I only gave 4 stars, because I had to add more seasoning to make it 5 stars. I tasted it halfway through (I cooked for 4 hours on higher temp), and thought it tasted a bit bland. I added extra salt, cumin, coriander, mexican oregano, cayenne, a little beef bouillon, and a large bay leaf. Also, I used one can of diced tomatoes with chiles in place of one of the cans of regular diced tomatoes. The end result was awesome! It was good enough that I totally forgot to put the cheese on it when I served it, and nobody said a thing about the cheese missing. I served it with cornbread and honey butter. About the too dry versus too watery thing... at first I thought it looked way too thick and added some extra water. As the vegetables cooked, they released enough water that soon it was too watery. I left the lid off for a while to let it cook down a little and it was perfect. So either way, it's a problem easily fixed. It most likely would have been perfect had I not added the water, although I'm sure it's much up to personal preference.
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I only gave 4 stars, because I had to add more seasoning to make it 5 stars. I tasted it...