I bought a 20$ stick blender today from the krogers and the fixings for black bean soup. Turned out okay but I'm gonna do it differently next time. The raw yellow onion is getting replaced with a sauteed vidalia onion and I think I'll use vegetable stock to simmer and puree the veggies in. I also think I'll leave the salt out till last so I can season to taste. Other than that I think the chipolte tabasco was dead on.