I'm also from Southern Indiana...about 30 miles north of Louisville, Ky. This is pretty much how I make my chili too except I use macaroni noodles instead of spaghetti...easier to eat with smaller noodles lol.
Outstanding is all i can say--------Thanks so much.
Ahhhhh, home. I'm from Rushville, IN, moved to California about 30 years ago with a tour of Navy duty and never left. My Californian friends laughed when I put spaghetti in my chili, so I stopped doing it and cooked it on the side for an addition to the chili if guests so desired. Your photo alone elicited comforting memories and the chili was delicious. I used Chipotles in Adobo to get that smokey flavor like Wendy's chili and found this to be a terrific recipe. Thanks for the memories.