You can thank the New York Times for this. They published this—and it’s still out there—in 1996 (oh my, I’m oooold). It is their PLAIN AND SIMPLE recipe;This Is Chili: Beans, Corn, Tomatoes and Beer – New York Times.
It doesn’t get more simple than that.
Good for you.
Easily adaptable, but I’d recommend making it “the right way” first, then feel free to play around. The interplay of spices and flavors is more subtle than I’d expected and when I mess with the recipe—even slightly—I definitely change the flavor.
Enjoy the ease of a hearty meal.