As a kid, there was a "greasy spoon" across from my school. I remember running full tilt to get my favorite Winter lunch, a steaming paper cup of their chili with crispy saltines to crunch up on top. You could tell a good batch because the bright red "grease" would begin to soak through the cup before it was time to go back to class. I searched for years to find this recipe and finally caught up with it in a cookbook called "Texas Home Cooking" by Cheryl and Bill Jameson. It's typical of what was popular in the 1940's and is comforting and delicious to fans of chili. Follow it to the letter the first time and "adjust if you must" the next time. It's not terribly hot, just very, very spicy. Your favorite "Chili-Head" will love you for making this recipe. Also, the amount of cumin is not a mistake in case, you're wondering. It's not health food, but anything in moderation is ok. Enjoy!