I use Jimmy Dean mild and I also use ground pork with my ground beef. Sometimes I will add ground chicken or turkey to it and have all kinds of meat. My son in law uses polish sausage chopped up or kielbasa. His is a conglomerate of all kinds of things but tastes good. If I am going plain I don't use any kind of green or red pepper but always use onion. I also use chili powder and tomato juice. My bunch doesn't like chunk tomatoes in it.