A little disclaimer about how I cook… I do not like to follow recipes. I love to cook by experiencing the food as it cooks, meaning I go by texture, smell, and taste as it cooks. As such the cook times and spice amounts are on average what I use. I encourage you to do the same. If you are worried about it being to spicy, reduce the chili powder and paprika a bit, you can always add more later. Once everything is mixed together, give it a sample and add little amounts of more seasoning until it fits your taste. What is great about this pot o’ goodness is that it is difficult to mess up.
Some people will think cooking the beef separately as an unnecessary step, but after years of tweaking my chili, I have found this makes the meat more flavorful, and therefor the chili better.
I hope you enjoy. If you have any questions please let us know, but more importantly, if you try this out, tell us how this turned out!