This recipe was given to me by my friend Sherri. I have sometimes roasted the veggies before adding them to the pot, and I usually add the 6 cloves of garlic, but that is optional if you don't like garlic as much as I do. If I can find good fresh tomatoes, I use those instead of the canned ones. I also take the seeds out of the jalapenos, as my kids can't handle the heat but love to eat it. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as my family does.