I have this stash of dry beans. If it begins to overflow the bin where I keep the bags, I know that it is past time to cook up a masterpiece. This recipe was born on a night such as this.
If you are really wanting to make this recipe as inexpensive as can be, stick with the dry beans and homemade chicken stock. However, if you are pinched for time, canned beans (drained and rinsed) will also work well, or just toss everything in the crock pot and let it simmer all day.
Not a fan of rice? I recommend bringing the stew to a boil and mixing in 1 cup of dry pasta. Small shapes will work the best. Cook according to the directions on the box. You could even serve it with a little grated Parmesan over the top. Delicious.