This chili is outstanding! It won 1st place in an extended family chili contest yesterday, against 4 other excellent chilies. I made a double batch and there were no leftovers. The only thing I did different was to grill the brats before cutting them up, adding them to the pot at the same time as the chickpeas.
It wasn't so much a chili but it was outstanding. I love pepper but found the extra teaspoon a bit much. I used pepper bacon by Tyson. That alone would have been plenty. We are definitely making this again.
I loved this combo of ingredients. It was easy to follow and quick for a weeknight. I would really like to spice it up a bit. The garbanzos are rather bland and I thought they needed some more pep.