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HELP!! What kind of chili or chile flavor?

It seems there are many varieties of chili or chile flavorings. In my cubbard I have chili powder(like for chili beans) I have a can of chili with no beans, and I have a jar of chili that is sweet it was located by the pickles in the store. How does a person know what kind of chili or chile to use with what, they all taste different and most recipes just call fo a teaspoon or tablespoon of chile or chili.
So confusing to me. Any suggestions on this topic? Thanks, coco
ps: what is the difference between chili and chile??

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