This is my favourite version of chili, that I make often. It freezes wonderfully for a great make-ahead meal or freeze the leftovers for lunches or a quick dinner. It is not overly spicy so my daughter will eat it! If you like things spicy, increase the chili powder and cumin. One tip if your child still finds it too spicy, is to add additional canned beans in tomato sauce to their portion. It works! :) This is great with corn bread on the side.
NOTE: You can substitute part of the ground beef with TVP (textured vegetable protein, SOY) without reconstituting first. I substitute 1/4 - 1/2 lb of the ground beef with 1/4 - 1/2 cup TVP bits. Add this into the pot with the other ingredients, do not saute with the ground beef.