Place soup mix in a Dutch oven; add water to cover, and let stand 30 minutes. Drain.
Bring soup mix, 2 quarts water, and next 6 ingredients to a boil in Dutch oven. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Stir in tomatoes and tomatoes with chiles; return to a boil. Cover and simmer 30 minutes or until beans are tender, adding more water, if necessary.
This makes a great gift. Very healthy and economical. I've made food gifts for years and they are always so appreciated. There is a link just below the title that says, 'this recipe goes with Nine-Bean Chicken Soup'. The instructions are right there on how to prepare the beans.
I've made this soup with chicken, but have also tried ham or beef and it's always delicious. You could leave the meat out altogether and have a vegetarian soup. Great served with cornbread muffins.
I make this soup several times during Fall & Winter. It's a family tradition on Halloween night - we call it Raven Stew. The daughters-in-law beg for the recipe (I tell 'em it's a secret to be divulged upon my death). The grandkids love it. "Best soup we've ever had." What more can you ask for!
This is a great winter soup. Additions I made; one quart of chicken broth, 3 chicken bouillon cubes, 1 tsp cumin, some extra chopped onion, 2 cloves of garlic and 1 cup frozen corn. Served with cornbread muffins. I received the mix as a gift and liked this enough that I am going to make the mix.
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