I made this up when making my first batch of chili at age 20. I thought all the recipes I saw looked boring. With all the beans you get a nice texture and appearance. I make big batches for DH to take to guys he works with and for my grandfather each year and everyone raves about this recipe. Meat can be browned then all put in a crockpot for 8 hours on low but it never all fits in my large oval pot so I would prepare for that. This freezes very well.