I'm not sure if this came from a published recipe or not, but it's been a family favorite. You can make it as mild or as hot as you like. I recently made this for a chili party and out of the 7 different kinds of chili recipes that were there, this was the only one that was empty at the end of the night. In order for it to be a thicker chili you must use the Carol Shelby's chili seasoning mix that come in the little brown box. If you don't use this mix, it will be more like soup than chili.