Cook the bacon until very crisp; I did this right in the stockpot.
After the bacon was crisp, I took them out, used a paper towel to absorb the grease, and cut them into small pieces.
There were bacon drippings in the pot; drain off some but not all, creating a base for the rest.
Add the ingredients up to the cardamom pods. Remember; go with crushed seeds next time! Stir to combine.
Add the chilies, depending on spiciness desired. Stir to combine
Stir in the beans
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 min. If using, add the chopped kale and mix well; cook for another 30 minutes or so, until they've had a chance to thicken