I created this stew as a way to use pumpkin for more than just breads and pies. It's a meal by itself, but also serves as a side dish for meat and potatoes. It's great during the fall, and is as colorful as the season. My family loves it.
This stew is perfect for warming up on a wintry day. It is a good dish to make when you're busy, since it's quick to prepare and doesn't need attention while cooking. Instead of noodles, I often serve it with rice.
Anaheim chilies are the top crop in New Mexico. I roast them to use in a variety of dishes. Peppers give this down-home stew a wonderful rich flavor my family loves.—Mary Spill, Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico
Basic ingredients make this hearty stew a favorite at the home of Margery Bryan in Royal City, Washington. "I usually have everything on hand for this recipe, so it's simple to load up the slow cooker at noon. When I get home, dinner's ready and waiting."
"I adapted this recipe from a cookbook to eliminate time-consuming steps like browning the sausage and soaking and boiling beans," explains Brenda Heidoff Leonard of Missoula, Montana. "Red pepper flakes add zest to this satisfying dish that's chock-full of beans and flavorful sausage."