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Dynamite Chili with Beans

    2 cup water
    1/2 cup dried pinto beans, soaked overnight then drained
    1 tblsp oil or bacon drippings
    1 onion, sliced
    1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
    1 garlic clove, minced
    2/3 lb boneless pork, cut into 1/2" cubes
    1/3 lb beef stew meat, cut into 1/2" cubes
    16 oz canned whole tomatoes, drained
    2 tblsp chili powder
    1 diced green chile, Jalapeno or Serrano
    1 tsp dried oregano, preferably Mexican, crumbled
    2 tsp cumin
    1/3 cup dry red wine
    salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
    2 tblsp prepared tortilla flour or masa harina, mixed with water
    to form a paste (optional)

    Combine water and beans in medium saucepan and bring to boil over
    medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 1 hour.

    Heat oil in large skillet over med-high heat. Add onion, green pepper,
    and garlic. Saute until tender. Transfer to Dutch Oven and set aside.

    Add pork and beef to same skillet. Brown well. Stir into vegetables in
    Dutch Oven. Add beans and their liquid along with tomatoes and
    seasonings. Mix well, cover and simmer 1 hour. Add wine and cook,
    uncovered, 30 minutes.

    Season with salt and pepper. If mixture is too liquid, stir in some of the
    tortilla flour paste to thicken.

    Makes 4 servings

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