2 pounds protein of your choice, such as pork chops, chicken, pork tenderloin, beef, lamb or tofu
Salt and pepper
5 tablespoons oil or other fat
4 strips bacon, diced
1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1 small)
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 teaspoons spices, such as a blend of chili powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, paprika, chipotle and cayenne (based on what you have)
Two 15-ounce cans beans of your choice, rinsed
1 cup tomato product of your choice, such as sauce, crushed, diced, etc.
1 cup liquid of your choice, such as beer, wine, water or stock
1/4 cup mustard
1/4 cup maple syrup or brown sugar, optional
For more ingredient substitution ideas, see the article below.