I made this for my family tonight and hand chopped the veggies as fine as I could. I was pleased with how it turned out. It did seem like it was missing something- maybe peas, or chili powder. I can't tell if it needed something sweet or hot to kick it up a little. I wouldn't go as far as to say it was bland though. I will certainly make it again. I didn't have reduced sodium beef broth so I used regular and didn't add the 3/4 tsp salt. That may have been why I thought it was missing something- but I didn't want the extra sodium.
Leslie, Los Angeles, CA