Precook meat in microwavable dish for approximately 10 minutes on medium power.
Put it and all remaining ingredients in 5 quart crock pot.
Stir to mix all ingredients.
Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
NOTE: I slightly precook all ingredients in my microwave to speed up the cooking time, as I like this soup for lunch. As for freezing, it never lasts long enough around here. I see no problem in freezing though, as all ingredients are freezable.