I actually prefer using ground turkey over beef, as it makes the chili less heavy, not to mention lower in fat, although ground beef can be used if you prefer. This chili has a good zing of heat without being too hot. I like to serve it with a sprinkle of grated cheddar cheese on top and a side of cornbread. If you have leftovers, it freezes very well. Just put the leftovers into a zip top bag and thaw it out before you want to use it again.