Yes, it’s scary but also empowering to be able to do what I want without feeling that I’m dragging someone along! For the chili I used Carroll Shelby’s mix but added a tsp. of Ancho chili powder. I also (since I can never leave well enough alone) added a chopped medium onion, red bell pepper and 2 cloves of garlic. For the meat I used 1 pound of ground beef and 1 pound of chuck steaks which I cut into small cubes. Since I used the chuck, I simmered for 2 hours. Delicious!