I made a big batch for freezing. Like one of the other reviewers, I also substituted quinoa for white rice, added a can of fire roasted tomatoes and left out the chicken and the cheese. The avocado was a nice touch. Next time I might throw in some lemon juice.
This was a little spicy for several of the people I served it to, but others raved about it. In the future I will probably try to make it less spicy.
After reading the reviews and then rereading the recipe, I thought it might be somewhat bland, but this was a really good soup. I used vegetable broth and left out the chicken and cheese, and I used uncooked quinoa instead of cooked rice, so the soup was a little heartier. Plus, I used fresh oregano (and a little extra to pump up the flavor) and about 1/2 tsp sea salt. By itself, the broth was VERY spicy, but the garbanzos and avocado helped mellow out the heat. For me, it didn't need the cheese--the flavor combo actually tasted a bit cheesy on its own.