So you come up with a new plan.
And the new plan ends up being amazing.
After I’d said a lot of bad words, ransacked my kitchen and slammed a dozen cabinet doors, I accepted the fact that my Hurst’s chili beans were just gone. GONE. To where? I don’t know. One of the kids probably got bored and glued them to cardboard when I wasn’t looking.
But lucky for me, my pals at Hurst’s keep me supplied with an arsenal of dried bean goodness so I inspected my stash. I kept eying the confetti lentils because lentils are my new obsession. Seriously, why lentils never made it big in the South is beyond me because they remind me so much of all my favorite peas (crowders, especially) and they are so easy to work with. Plus they’re super high in protein and fiber so they’re crazy healthy. See also my Italian Lentil Soup with Sausage
I knew I had to use that beautiful hunk of beef so I googled “beef and lentils” and found out that beef and lentil stew is a thing! I was going to make it a thing anyway but it was comforting to know I wasn’t the only one out there who thought this would be a good combination!
If you love beef stew and you love any Southern pea, you will LOVE this stew! It’s hearty and warm and delicious! Because I’m addicted to it, I ended up making a pot of rice and served the stew over rice. I LOVELOVELOVELOVE eating peas over rice with some fresh sliced tomatoes and that’s exactly what it reminded me of!
If you can’t find Hurst’s Confetti Lentil Soupreme in your local grocery store, ask for it! My grocery store now carries all sorts of products they didn’t have before simply because I asked for them. Just ask the cashier who to talk to to request a product and s/he will point you in the right direction. My store has a list at the Customer Service desk where they notate products their customers' request.