Well, this was my first time using dried beans, and we LOVED the result. I was happy not to soak overnight. I don't like when people change recipes all around, but I had to make a few changes based on what was on hand. First, my package of dried beans was only a 1 lb. "16 bean variety" (from the 99 Cent Store!). Because I'm not a huge fan of smokey flavor, I bought two 6 oz. premium ham steaks (also less fat) for the meat, and didn't use any bratwurst. Because I didn't have any green pepper (and I love it), I used a package of Kroger "Great Beginnings" which had red and green pepper and onion. Had to substitute oregano for the marjoram - very similar taste anyway. For the tomatoes I used one can of Ro-Tel and one can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes Salsa Style, and didn't need to add the chiles. It was plenty spicey enough! This soup was thick and perfect for the one of only a few rainy, cool Phoenix nights that we get. Thanks for the delicious idea.
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Well, this was my first time using dried beans, and we LOVED the result. I was happy not to...