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The taste of beer is subtle, but it's just enough to complement the cheese in this rich and creamy soup. For a slightly sweeter version, you can use apple juice instead of beer. —Holly Lewis, Swink, Colorado
We have a large avocado tree outside our house, which is very common in southern California, so I like to put them to good use in recipes. To give the soup an elegant touch, top it with edible flowers.
I love cooking, and often share my soups with my co-workers—and they're happy I do. This one is perfect for late summer, because it has a lot of zippy flavor but isn't as heavy as chili. I use my homegrown cayenne peppers in the recipe. —Lori Steiner, Maquoketa, Iowa
This bold-flavored chili is so stuffed with beans and spices that I bet no one notices the missing meat. I like to serve it with either crackers, tortilla chips, cornbread or grilled cheese sandwiches.—Frederick Hilliard, Charleston, West Virginia
I love pumpkin and my husband loves chili. This is a dish that I have been able to combine both loves and we both be happy about it. It has also become a big hit with the rest of my family and they are constantly requesting it. —Catherine Walmsley, Phoenix, Arizona