I made this according to the recipe, although I tossed the bacon bits in the stew when I served it. The recipe has you set them aside, but never re-introduces the bacon. Do not skip the red pepper flakes or the bacon because they are really the entire flavor foundation for this stew. Without them the stew would be a total failure. If making again, I might include a very flavorful chicken - like jerk chicken to kick up the flavor. You feel good putting it together, but it just didn't seem like it was ultimately worth the effort.
Three Bean Farmers' Market Stew
Cynbull Posted: 07/28/10