My mom made this dish when she was wanting something to make in her crock pot and she was in a mood for a hot, hearty meal. She came up with this recipe using things she already had on hand and it was delicious. I will definetly be making this more in the colder months, when I'm wanting some comfort food. You can add any more spices or veggies that you like. I might add some green beans as well. It is delicious served with biscuits or cornbread. If you don't have the canned soup, you can use 2 packets of Lipton's Onion Soup mix and 2-4 cups of water or beef broth...but don't add any more salt if you do, the mix is salty enough.