When you come in out of the cold and smell this chili cooking, your day automatically gets a little better. :)
1 pound of ground beef (I used 90% lean)
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced fine
2 tablespoons of chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 (28 ounce) can of whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
1 (16 ounce) red kidney beans, rinsed and well drained
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and diced (you can add or substitute up to 1/4 cup chopped green chiles, jalapeno peppers, etc., depending on heat level desired)
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
Pinch of dried oregano
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Brown the ground beef and the onion in a 4 quart sauce pan or dutch oven until no longer pink; drain if needed. Add the garlic and saute for just a few more minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cumin. Add the chopped tomatoes and juice, beans, pepper, tomato paste and oregano; stir to mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.
At this point, cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, OR pour into a 4 to 5 quart slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.
Serve with your choice of sides, such as cornbread or chips, and toppings, such as cheese, onions, sour cream, avocado, etc.