After providing TriGWU with my Mom's chili recipe (the boy simply needed more red meat in his diet, for God's sake), I've seen some people asking about it. Well, I thought I would post it here and share the goodness as opposed to hoarding it for myself. Now I know some chili purists will lament, "Sweet mother of God! REAL chili does not have beans in it!!!" but I'm not too concerned about that. It tastes great and is one helluva P+C meal. Probably a touch high on the sodium, but if that is not a concern for you, dig right in.
So without further ado:
2 lbs ground beef (Mom uses chuck, I go as lean as possible, like 93% lean)
2 medium onions, sliced
1 28 oz. can of Italian peeled tomatoes
6 oz. can of tomato paste
1 cup of cold water
2 beef bullion cubes (which you dissolve in the cold water in a microwave)
2 16 oz. cans of red and white kidney beans (i.e. one can of each)
2 tbsp. diced green pepper (I just use a whole one)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp salt
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp chili powder (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
Brown meat and onions in large skillet. Drain (Mom does not say that, but it cuts down a touch on fat) and put into a large pot (like a good sized one you would do pasta in)
Add all other ingredients into the pot.
Simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Top with grated cheese if you like.
Quick note: I do not drain the beans or any of the other canned items before chucking into the pot and the consistency still comes out just fine (especially in subsequent days... it thickens over time).
That's it. The beauty of the recipe is that once you have it down (which does not take long) you can tailor it any way you want. I sometimes use ground turkey for the meat or even chuck in some honey (although I am not sure I can taste it when it is done). Store in Tupperware and you will be eating it for a week. It actually begins to taste better the day after since all the spices really soak into the meat and beans.
While this clearly can work for anybody, this should be an absolute staple in any bachelor's arsenal. It's not very difficult and lasts for days. What more could you want?
I would love to hear feedback from people after they try it.