This is a meatless chili. I have never put any meat in it. It doesn't need it at all. It is a very different Chili. I found this recipe years in a magazine (can't even remember which one). I have revised it to my liking. This is one recipe you can do with different beans. I like to use dry beans and mix different ones together cook them and use them in this recipe. Hope you enjoy it!
In a large Dutch Oven over medium heat bring apple juice to a boil. Add onions saute stirring 2 minutes. Add celery, carrots, garlic, cumin and chili powder to taste, saute stirring 3 minutes.
Add beans, stock, honey or sugar, chilies and tomatoes. Increase heat to high, cover pot and bring chili to a boil. Reduce heat to medium simmer, covered for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. (Adjust heat so that chili is cooking rapidly but not scorching.)
To thicken,place 1 cup chili in blender and carefully puree (it will be hot) on low speed. Return pureed chili to pot. Adjust seasonings, add more chili powder if desired.