This is my chili recipe that I've been working on for about 15 years. It freezes well, and is the perfect food for a cold winter night. There are a lot of extra ingredients in here which I think make it special, but if you don't have them you could leave them out & you would still have some really great chili. Optional items you could leave out with no harm done: sofrito, Rotel, beef broth, coriander, smoked hot paprika. I make this with ground beef or ground turkey and beans, but if you wanted to be more traditional, you could use 3 pounds of cubed beef, or if you wanted to go veggie you could use 2 cans of kidney beans and 1 can of chick peas and no beef. Sofrito is a mixture of onion, garlic, tomatoes, sweet peppers, cilantro & spices. Many recipes can be found for it here on Zaar, and I highly recommend making some & freezing it in 1/2 cup portions - it is wonderful & can be used in many dishes. N.B. - Smoked hot paprika is hot, so if you're not into hot stuff you might want to leave it out.