This stew is very flexible. You can add ingredients or remove them, just so long as you keep the canned soup, chicken, and green chiles (those are the key ingredients.) You can increase or decrease the amount of chiles to adjust the heat to your taste. The water that the chicken is cooked in makes absolutely wonderful chicken broth - enough for this soup and some for the future too. You can substitute canned chicken broth to make the stew quicker, but the homemade broth is divine.