Maybe she made a mistake (in your eyes) by saying that this chili is "texmex". I want to say that I saw the show and personally thought it looked delicious. I love beans in chili. Even if it isn't authentic it gives a nice texture and added bulk to chili. Cooking is all about experimenting and taking old recipes to make them new again. I'm going to make this chili later in the week in fact and I'm sure it's great. If you don't want the beans in there then don't add the beans. Don't knock her because she's trying to make old, overdone recipes new again.