1Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above beans, and bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Remove beans from heat; cover and let soak 1 hour.
2Drain beans; cover with water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until beans are tender. Drain 2 cups liquid from beans, save. Discard -remaining- liquid. Add the saved 2 cups liquid back to beans.
3Combine ground beef, chopped onion, and chopped bell pepper in a skillet; cook until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Add beef mixture and remaining ingredients to beans. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer, and simmer 1 hour and 15 minutes. Add additional water, if necessary.