If this isn't the best chili you EVER ate, let me know and I will try your version. My family just loves this and they love to eat the easy stromboli I usually serve as a side dish with it. This makes a large amount, which I do on purpose because my family likes to eat several meals from this and say it gets better the second and third time served. If you do not want to use all of it in the first 2 or 3 days, just portion out family sized meals into zip freezer bags and freeze.
1Crumble ground beef and lightly brown in a very large soup pot.
2Add water, chopped onion and chopped bell peppers cover and simmer about 15 minutes until veggies are softened.
3Add ketchup and all seasonings, stir, cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes
4Add tomatoes, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
5At this point, I like to taste and adjust any seasonings. If you add any more seasonings, you need to simmer for another 20 minutes.You can also add some of the bean liquid or use plain water if mixture is too thick for you at this point. I usually don't find this necessary.
6Add all beans, cover and simmer another 15 minutes.
7Ladle into bowls and serve hot.
8OPTIONS: Top with shreadded cheddar cheese, or your choice of cheese. and serve with saltine crackers or a grilled cheese sandwich.
I like to make a stromboli to serve with this dish.