A pretty darn good chili! Spicy, but not so much that my eyes water!!! Made this for myself last night. It's cool here in Chicago (fall is setting in early...), so I was in the mood for something to warm me up. I was worried that this would be WAY too spicy (I enjoy spice, but not EXTREME heat), but was pleasantly surprised : ) Since I was only serving 1, I made 1/2 the recipe (expecting left-overs). Couldn't find chili beans in hot sauce, so subbed for mild ones (Busch's 16 oz. can) & only used 1 (15.5 oz.) can of dk. red kidney beans instead of buying bth. dk. / lt. kinds & only using 1/2 of ea. can (seemed wasteful). Also subbed a 1/2 lb. of JD zesty hot sausage for some of the beef (added a 1/2 lb. ground round to equal 1 lb. meat as directed). Used med-heat chunky salsa (I didn't have the hot stuff). Everything else was exact, including prep. Next time, I would like to prepare the chili in my sc, and, to make it suitable for my bf (who doesn't like beans in his chili - or at all), I'd omit the beans, up the meat to compensate (2 lb. worth) & add 1/2 a can or so of chili sauce (to make up for the chili beans with sauce). Served hot off the stove with some shredded (sharp) cheddar, Frito's scoops & plenty of water to tame the heat! I'm still in search of the perfect chili, but this will do for now. Thx. for sharing!
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A pretty darn good chili! Spicy, but not so much that my eyes water!!! Made this for myself...