There are various types of canned chili that work well in this recipe. Hormel Vegetarian Chili contains beans, spices, and a protein based "meat" to thicken your chili. I enjoy Trader Joe's Turkey Chili and the Vegetarian Chili. I've also heard wonderful things about Trader Joe's Beef Chili with Beans! BE CAREFUL with canned chili and high sodium content - the reason I don't add any salt or chili packets to this recipe is because the canned chili has enough seasoning for the whole dish!