Talking about cooking
>>I do like to talk about cooking... hope nobody minds!
Au contraire, mon amie. I do like to talk about it. I just hate to give my recipes, because I seldom follow them to the letter. This is one that I made up from several, so it is pretty much the base of this chili. I take recipes and change them to suit my tastes, so it wouldn't do much good to give the recipes I start with.
A side note: Chili powder is like dried herbs. The fresher the better. Also, there are different grades (some are mild, while others are hotter). Also, you pretty much get what you pay for. Starting with a true Mexican Chili powder is a better bet than say McCormicks. Just a thought. But, as I said, this applys to all herbs and spices.
Tabasco (both original and jalepeno): Ah, the seasoning that cures the ills of all misprepared foods! ;)