LastMan, here's how Wiki defines Chili Con Carne, or "chili" for short:
"Chili con carne, meaning "chili with meat", is a spicy stew containing chili peppers, meat, tomatoes and often pinto beans or kidney beans. Other seasonings may include garlic, onions, and cumin. The dish originated in northern Mexico or southern Texas."
There are as many variations as there are cooks who make this dish. In some parts of the U.S., they use cubed beef and no beans. I use ground beef, kidney beans and make mine relatively mildly spicy.
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