corn chip pie

I'm really missing my friend Diana in New Mexico right now. She made this "pie" for us... I think it is salad, with benefits :)

1 lb dried pinto beans (soaked overnight and drained)
2 lbs ground beef (I used venison)
1 onion or 2 shallots, chopped
 3 or 4 celery stalks, chopped
1 liter water
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp sugar

1 liter crushed tomatoes
2 tsp cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsps salt
1 cup green chilies (chopped)

1 pkg GF Fritos or Old Dutch corn chips

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped lettuce, tomatoes & green onions in separate bowls
(soy) sour cream 
sliced jalapeno peppers

 After soaking the beans overnight, drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. In a large pot, cook the beef, onion and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in water. Add the beans, chili powder, cumin and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until beans are tender.
IMPORTANT: BE SURE the beans are tender before you add the tomatoes.... because once you add tomatoes to beans, they stop cooking.
Stir in the tomatoes, vinegar and salt; heat through, stirring occasionally. Simmer for a bit. (This is best the next day)

Now comes the fun part. Each person layers corn chips and lettuce in a bowl. Add this chili and top with your favourite toppings.  

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