I have NEVER tried to make chili without store bought seasoning mix but I was feeling frisky tonight. This is a good blend of spices to which you can add your own personal touches. I didn't have enough chili powder but I did have some dried Ancho chiles that I pan roasted and then reconsituted with a little water before adding to my crockpot. Gosh, was that awesome! If you can find those, use em! They add such a nice, smoky flavor and they're mild too. Other than that change, (work with what ya got), I made the recipe as written. Tomato sauce, ground round, a little added water and NO FLOUR! If you need to thicken, use cornstarch or as another reviewer mentioned, use some refried beans. It was awesome! Sorry for the super long review. :o)
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I have NEVER tried to make chili without store bought seasoning mix but I was feeling frisky...