The original recipe comes from Lewis & Clark's in St. Louis. I asked them for the recipe and they gave it to me! I have modified it a little bit over the years to make it a little easier and less time consuming. This chili gets rave reviews from everyone that has tried it. I served it at Bunco one night along with another kind of soup. There was barely enough of this leftover for my husband to have one bowl! I have also found that you can put alot less cheese than the recipe calls for and it is still good - however, you can never have too much cheese! Can you? It is best to make it a day or two ahead of time and just reheat and serve. The longer it sits the better it gets! It is great on a cold night with cornbread or hot crusty bread.