Unfortunately, many basic chili recipes yield a pot of underspiced, underflavored chili reminiscent of sloppy Joes.
To develop a no-fuss chili that tasted far better than the sum of its common parts: ground meat, tomatoes, and chili powder.
Add the spices to the pan with the aromatics to get the most flavor, and use commercial chili powder with a boost from more cumin, oregano, cayenne, and coriander. Use 85 percent lean beef for the fullest flavor, and use a combination of diced tomato and tomato puree. Add the beans, red kidney or black, with the tomatoes so that they cook enough to absorb flavor but don't cook so much that they fall apart. Cook with the lid on for half of the cooking time for the best consistency.