Well this is comfort food at it's best. Yummy, easy and feeds a crowd. It's very forgiving if you cheat on the ingredients (try chorizo)or if you let it cook a little longer. It's so good! I add a Tablespoon of Montreal Steak Seasoning in place of the salt and pepper. I use a huge cast iron dutch oven that is older than the hills and it comes out PERFECT! I am going to send this to a couple of my Agents who are work at home Mom's!
I've used half of everything. A half lb of beans, 1 chicken, 2 big fat sausages, 4 little chops, half the tomatos and because we like carrots, a whole 4 carrots. So, we have dinner for tomorrow, too and a couple of lunches. Not a problem, cooking just enough for two doesn't allow much room to get all the flavors. This came out wonderful. We've had a cedar fire going all day and it's rainy but not cold, so we've had the doors and windows open. With the wonderful cooking smells, the whole neighborhood is sure to be salivating. This is delicious and easy. There are quite a few steps, but it doesn't need tending in between times. Clearly written and easy to follow. A good recipie for a family or company; for when you'd have quite a few mouths to feed.