I've made this for years in the kitchen, usually in 3 gallon batches or more. It freezes well and is a good base for meat sauce if you want to add equal portions of browned, ground beef and Italian sausage
Really good and spicy bean dish that goes well with grilled beef and pork. Add a few splashes of hot sauce towards the end of cooking time.( Without the bacon, this is very good as a vegetarian dish; OR, an ounce or two of chorizo sausage can be used instead of bacon)
This technique can be applied to bone-in chicken thighs (remove flesh from the bone, and pound)or an even easier option of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Serve with warm pasta, steamed potatoes, or rice, with a little marinera sauce on both the meat and starch.
The are great with Tex Mex side dishes, or just a huge salad with Ranch dressing and cornbread. Bone-in chops are fine; just increase the cooking time a little and have a bit more "dry rub" on hand.Enjoy