I didn't drain the cans of beans and that turned out okay, just more soup like than stew like. Tasty and easy to put together. I added some garlic powder, cayenne, and cumin and cooked it all day in the crockpot. Thanks for posting. It was a nice, quick, hearty meal.
I had this today for lunch and thought it was a great thing to make when you're in the mood for something filling, but wanting a light flavor. I only wish I had had some rolls for soaking like White Rose Child said.
This is exactly the kind of thing I want to be eating in this chilling weather (first snow today!). Warm and divine... when you get a lump of softened garlic the thing diffuses its flavor all the way across your mouth... can't really describe it, it's just wonderful. Whole-wheat rolls for soaking up the juices are a must. I will be wanting to make this again many times!! Thank you for posting!
I made this with roast chicken and garlic bread for dinner-it was awesome and healthy, too!!!