I am a sucker for anything smoked, so if you have the time and the smoker, go for it! But this is also delicious without smoking the beef or vegetables. I like the variety of textures with the silky shredded beef, toothsome beans, corn, and sausage, and the interplay of tart tomatoes with sweet , spicy , hot ,and smoky. This is not a very hot dish, but if you're worried about it, go easy on the chipotle, and you can always add in the full amount after cooking and tasting.
The recipe was written with large amounts for the smoked version (if you're going to go to all that trouble, you may as well make alot for leftovers!) but it can be easily scaled down proportionately.
Isn't it fun that chiles,tomatoes, corn and these particular beans - are all native to the Americas?! —LE BEC FIN