This is a really beefy chili, and makes a great, hearty meal on a cool evening.It's not a terribly spicy version, but if you want to turn up the heat, add some cayenne along with the other spices. I often add more seasoning at the end of the simmering time to suit whomever I'm serving. I probably get more requests to make this than anything except my gumbo. This also freezes beautifully (if you have any left!). I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!