My family loves this meal, and my husband didn't even realize the meat was 'missing' until after dinner that night when I mentioned it. I made it for my husband and I along with 3 other guys at hunting camp, and every last drop was gone! This recipe is modified (to make it meatless) from one found in Fix-It & Forget-It. Best of all, when I priced it out late 2006, it only cost $3.50 for the entire batch! If you are out all day, make it in the crock pot. Otherwise, if you forgot or need a *slightly* faster meal, let it simmer on the stove in a dutch oven for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.