Well, I finished making it last night and am pretty unimpressed. The chili was okay, but with all the work and all the ingredients I was expecting more of a WOW! reaction.
I halved the recipe and it still made a boatload. It may be my fault as I was halving the ingredients in my head instead of writing them down, but I ended up with a ton of meat and beans with very little liquid. I had to add some beef stock just to be able to bring it to a simmer.
I didn't realize how many canned ingredients it called for - I try to limit those because of processing and the salt. It has three times and much meat as beans and I like it to be the other way around. So because it turned out pretty bland, I've got another pot of beans with fresh jalapeno slices cooking right now to add to the original mix.
So, all in all it turned out to be pretty mediocre chili.
Thanks for letting us know.
I checked the author's residence because for me chopped would be finely diced. For DH's family chopped meat always referred to ground beef (hamburger meat). Pickard is from the mid west so I'm clueless on what exactly she used.