I have been making this recipe for years but I use ground turkey instead of ground beef and substitute a large can of crushed tomatoes and a can of Rotel tomatoes for the can of tomato paste in this recipe. As for seasoning I use Carroll Shelby's dried chili mix, It has the chili powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and masa flour in indivdual bags. I don't add all the cayenne then it is too hot! This makes it easy for me and in about one hour I have chili. Have to have the sour cream and we put cheddar cheese on top. I also cut up whatever kind of onion I have on hand (green/red/yellow) for some extra oomph. My husband loves this chili and so does my five year old son. My son said that this is the best chili ever.