I made this a written the first time (with the exceptions of using fresh garlic instead of bottled, and no-salt-added varieties of the crushed tomatoes and beans, and plain no-salt added diced tomatoes) and thought it was okay. The 2nd time, I increased the amount of chili powder to 2 tbsp, and added a tablespoon of unsweeetened cocoa powder, a teaspoon of brown sugar, and a couple of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, and would rate the 2nd effort 4 stars. In both cases, the flavor improved the second day, especially with the first batch.
This is an excellent and easy chili recipe that I love to make. I usually double up the recipe so that I have leftovers for days. It's easy to substitute or add other items that you like, but if you leave it as is, it is great too!
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