Aria - Sounds like a nice hearty chili!
Stirblue - I look forward to hearing your recipe as well!
Today I'm back to making chili.
I picked up (and read) four books on Tex-Mex cuisine. One was excellent, and included lots of information about the history of chili. The old "Chili Queens" used to make a chile sauce which they would use as the liquid for the meats and other ingredients. Apparently some of the old cowboy methods also involved a process similar to making a chile sauce. This eventually blended with european cuisines and many places (incl. truck stops) would make chile gravy (a roux-thickened chile sauce with tomatoes).
So... I'm going to make a few chile sauces/gravies today.