I actually made this as directed. ;) I cooked my own Jacob's Cattle beans (3c dry made at least 8c cooked!) and continued on. Dh was nervous as he said his sinuses were clearing & his eyes were watering while I was cooking. rofl. So I put rice under it for the kids & him (he's usually chili head, too) I just topped mine with cheese. I have to say, I thought it looked like seasoned beans - not chili - but after it had simmered 30 - 45 minutes, it really came together & was NOT too spicy with the one BIG chipotle I used. An excellent dish & very easy since the beans cook unattended then the chili simmers unattended. Made for M3C 11/09.