Tabasco Chili Sandwich (1961)

2 C. cooked beans
1 medium onion
1 sm. green pepper, chopped
2 T. butter
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 can (16 oz.) tomatoes
1 can water
1-2 T. chili powder
1 t. cumin seed (optional)
1/2 t. Tabasco sauce
1-2 t. salt
1/2 t. sugar

Slowly cook onion and green pepper in butter about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add meat; cook until browned lightly, stirring enough to break up meat into bite-size pieces.  Add water and remaining ingredients except beans.  Cover and cook slowly 1 to 1 1/2 hours,  adding more water if needed.  Mash a few beans to thicken chili a little.  Add beans and a dash of Tabasco.  Heat thoroughly.  Serve alone or on a bun.        8 servings