Meanwhile parboil the following ingredients for 10 to 12 minutes:4-5 good sized red potatoes (with skin left on, chopped ) AND most of a small package of mini carrots (partly chopped and partly whole), the second pile of celery
While all of this is cooking place the following in the crock pot:
1/2 to 2/3 of a Jar of Paul Newman's tomato and basil pasta sauce
1 can Delmonte Zesty mild green chilies diced tomatoes
2 small (5 oz each) cans of low sodium V8
1 can white corn , drained
1 cup or so of frozen baby peas
salt and pepper.
Add all of the browned meat mixture, and vegetable potato mixture to the contents in the crock pot. Add some of the water from the cooked vegetables until the right consistency and flavor is produced. Cook on high one hour and on low for as long as you like, but not more than 5 hours.