I made two alterations to this meal by making it in the dutch oven and then using canned black beans like others had suggested. I was honestly a little disappointed as it was cooking. It didn't smell or even look appetizing! The liquids reduced very quickly which I was thankful for because I like a very thick chili. My fiance and I didn't have high hopes....but then we tasted it and A-MAZ-ING!! This is our favorite chili recipe yet (and I make some very good meat chili). We actually put this on top of our list to make for next years Chili Cook-off.
Don't let the look or the smell throw you off. This is on our favorites list :)