The first time the temperature dips into the 40s, hordes of people will be running to the store buying ground beef, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and chili powder. It seems to be a compulsion, and here we go, marching zombie-like to the checkout counter loaded up with ingredients for chili. We all seem to have our own "special recipe."
There are hundreds, no, thousands of chili recipes. Our favorite is probably determined by the kind our mothers made, or what we grew up with. Beans or no beans, spaghetti added or not, we all have our preferences.