How to Make It
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high 5 to 7 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Coarsely crumble bacon.
Add celery mixture to drippings in skillet; cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until tender. Add chicken broth, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet. Transfer broth mixture to a 5-quart slow cooker. Stir in bacon, peppers, and next 7 ingredients. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours. Stir in rice. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until rice is tender. Garnish, if desired.
Smoked Pork-Banana Pepper Soup: Substitute 1 lb. shredded barbecued pork (without sauce) for smoked chicken. Prepare recipe as directed.