A colleague of mine brought this in years ago for a soup potluck lunch and I fell in love with it. I love big batches of soup to freeze (especially when I was single and just wanted to come home to a good dinner...) and this one is perfect. I've also added beans, potatoes, carrots, celery and whatever else looked like it needed to be used up. Nowadays I don't usually add the jalapenos (daughter doesn't like heat...so sad....)...but love having this to warm things up. You can make it soup-like or more stew like depending upon your preference by adding more broth.