Got this originally from our local newspaper, doctored it up a little bit & had a winner. Simple, inexpensive but a hearty winter soup & is easily made with ingredients found in most pantries (the measurements are based on the size of the canned veggies I had in my local grocery story but like with any soup they're meant to be tinkered with given your family's likes/dislikes). Can be made in crock pot or on stovetop; recipe is easily doubled. If making on stovetop, you may need to add water or stock if you notice too much thickening. Freezes well also. Can easily be made for a tailgate party on a camp stove, hence the name Tailgate Soup. Can easily be made Vegetarian by omitting the meat & adding additional beans.