Geographic and personal tastes involve different types of meat and ingredients.
Recipes provoke disputes among aficionados, some of whom insist that the word "chili" applies only to the basic dish, without beans and tomatoes.
It is also popular with those on a diet restricting the use of red meat.
To make the chili vegetarian, the cook leaves out the meat or replaces it with a meat analogue, such as textured vegetable protein or tofu, or a starchy vegetable, such as potatoes. Variants may contain corn, squash, mushrooms, or beets.
Ernest Tubb, the country singer, was such a fan that one Texas hotel maintained a supply of Wolf Brand for his visits.
Both the Gebhardt and Wolf brands are now owned by Con Agra Foods, Inc.
In 1921, Davis began canning his product, naming it for his pet wolf "Kaiser Bill".