Could do with some more flavor its good and I like the anise, you dont get that taste very often in chili for sure. Only thing I was wondering about is when you said 4 large garlic did you mean the whole head or cloves. I did cloves so maybe that was why it seemed kinda bland. Agan not bad.
I used canned chicken instead of the chicken breasts and included the broth in the cans as well. When adding the Cheddar Cheese I didn't feel it was too soupy at all. My whole family loved it and my husband rated it as one of his top favorite things I've made. It was delicious!
This is the best base for an awesome soup! You can follow it to a T & be happy but you will easily find out u can customize it to your liking ex extra spice, choice of meat or no meat,veggies ext. we loved it !