I am making Chilli tonight since it is wet and cold out. For some reason I always crave it around now. There is a interesting history article on winkipede well worth a read. I am going to list my type of chilli making. Would love to see others recipes too. There are so many variations this should be a great thread. Tamara's 5 bean chilli 1 whole onion carmelized 2 cloves of garlic chopped 1 pound of meat (any type you want) 1 can of chilli beans 1 can of black beans 1 can of dark kidney beans 1 can of garbonzo beans 1 can of northern bearns 3 small cans of tomatoe sauce (its is what i had on hand) 1 small bag of baby carrots (helps cut gas from beans) 1 can of whole or chopped tomatoes ( today i used cherry tomatoes since Ihad alot on hand) kethsup use how much as needed I usually do 2 healthy squirts sugar to cut acid of tomatoes couple tlbs or to taste spices to taste as follow chilli power thyme cumin cayenne pepper orageno salt I start with cooking onions till browned and add garlic then meat then beans and carrotts and all the rest. I cook on med while adding everything then turn down to simmer for the rest of the time. I will also change my beans too some if I can not find one. Like last time could not find carbonzo so use light kidneys another time use navey instead of northern. But the first 3 types of beans are a must for me. So lets see your recipe. We just did half a cow so Ihave alot of meat to use for chilli. I just love it for these cold days.