Well, it's on the stove cooling as I write this. I looked at some recipes online and just kinda winged it, and what the hell... it came out really good. Actually not much of a surprise as it's pretty simple. I think that various versions would be different, but probably all good. I spiced it up with a bit of minced jalapeno, flaked red pepper, and some tabasco chipotle hot sauce. Didn't make it too hot since not everyone appreciates that as much as I do. You can always heat it up with a bit more hot sauce.
I'm going to serve it with a side dish of a mix of some yogurt, light sour cream, & lime juice. First, I'll zest the lime so I can sprinkle the zest on top of the mixture.
I made the soup with no meat since the host of the meeting is going to be providing a mix of home smoked meats as the basis for the pot luck. We've got a few vegetarians in the club, and the rest of us can add some smoked meat as desired. I know I will.
Anyhow, thanks for the suggestions.