My DH and I loved this recipe too. This will definitely be a repeater. I couldn't find dried chipotle chiles so I also bought the pasilla chiles. I had trouble finding the ham steak at Jewel and almost bought pork loin instead...but then I found the ham steak (Cook's brand) near the end of the meat area. I used some of the "New Mexican Chile Powder" for the chile powder in the recipe. That surely added to the smoky flavor.
I made a buttermilk cornbread (baked in the oven in a cast iron skillet) to go with it. I ended up starting this recipe on Tuesday night and staying up too late waiting for the beans to cook. I finished cooking the recipe on Wednesday night. We also cooked up some basmati rice (strange, yes, but out of regular rice) and mixed up the rice and soup in our bowls. YUMOLA!
BACON - A Los Angeles librarian reports she finally found it necessary to revoke a gentleman's library card. Because her repeated letters to him, telephone calls, and face-to-face pleas still failed to break him of the peculiar habit of using strips of raw bacon as bookmarks.
-Boyd's Book of Odd Facts