It's pretty difficult to go wrong with a chili recipe, though I have found the trickiest part is the level of heat you incorporate. You can make chili as mild or spicy as you like, just make sure you're considering all the relevant parties when setting up your ingredients. If your in-laws are visiting and can't handle spicy food without getting wretched heartburn that is going to keep them up all night, perhaps you should skip the minced Habaneros.
I personally like my chili somewhere in the middle, whereas Trent is a little more on the extreme side. I once made a chili that was so spicy, Trent's nose and eyes started leaking like a burst pipe. I asked him if it was spicy and he said, "Not really," which gave me the courage to try it. Come to find out it was nearly inedible because it made you want to gag while eating it. Oops. Live and learn right?
Kaylyn Hansen has worked in the alternative medicine field for over four years as a patient liaison, educator, and physician's assistant.