Remove the rind from the bacon and cut rind into 1/2" squares. Cut bacon into small pieces; set aside. Combine rind, beans, onions, garlic, and Ancho peppers or chili powder in a large pot. Add water and bring to a boil. Lower the flame, cover the pot, and let the beans cook 1-1/2 hrs. Add salt and cook uncovered for 15 min.
In a separate pan, fry remaining bacon until slightly crisp. Add tomatoes and remaining ingredients; cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Skim off excess fat. Add bacon and tomato mixture to beans and continue cooking, uncovered, over low heat for 1 hr. or until beans are very tender. Makes 3 qts
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