Purists may not like this, but this was my impression of chili until I went to a friend’s chili cookoff and saw people cooking with real chunks of meat or no meat even. Some had beans and some didn’t. And the fire level! Aye! I couldn’t eat much of it, although it looked and tasted delicious. But growing up chili was either something like this below or it came out of a can. (Actually, my mom had something very similar to this that was a baked spaghetti with different seasonings and the addition of chopped green pepper.)
I like to serve this with corn bread and/or rice and a green salad. This is mild but flavorful. If you like it hot and spicy, I’d increase the chili powder and add some Tabasco sauce or red pepper flakes.
Pure comfort food and it’s great as leftovers. It also freezes well.0