Put all the ingredients in a slow cooker and set on low.
Cook all day (6-8 hours) or put everything in pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer and leave the lid on.
Cook for an hour or serve immediately. Cooking this for an hour or longer will marry all the flavors and give you the best flavor.
If you want to add meat, add 1 lb. cooked ground beef or 1/2 lb. cooked ground beef and 1/2 lb. cooked sausage. This is delicious with chicken as well.