This cassoulet is non-traditional in a couple ways but it includes some of the key components of the ‘peasant’s dish’: beans, various meats, and veggies all of which are slow cooked for hours. What you get on the other end is a bowl full of soupy, sweet and savory, meaty, stick-to-your-ribs union of flavors that may or may not be the best bite of beans you’ve ever put in your mouth. There’s a lot going on in every bite. A lot.
I love sweet chili, the kind of chili that is perfectly balanced between sweet and spicy. Maple syrup brings the sweet and jalapeños and cayenne bring the spice. I love chili with lots of meat and tons of beans. This recipe has all those things and more–specifically, garlic–nearly a whole head of garlic+garlic powder.