This is a very simple recipe for good chili! I'm sharing my secret ingredients. Well not all of them. I'm giving you the basics and you can add any other "secret" ingredients that you desire!
First start off with a pound (2 pounds if you want to freeze some for another night) of lean ground beef, turkey or you can leave the meat out altogether and throw in some tofu. Ground that up, seasoning as you go with salt and pepper. You want to season each layer so you are not dumping a bunch of salt in at the end. If you do that, all you will taste is salt.
So as your first layer is browning, chop of a medium onion, a green pepper and a few cloves of garlic. I love garlic and I use a ton of it. Again you can use any variations that you prefer. I happened to grab a sweet vidalia because I love them. They don't tend to cause my eyes to tear which most onions will do. I'm also using a green bell pepper, but you could use red, yellow, orange or all four.
So there you have it. Serve with diced toms, onions, cheese and sour cream and have some crusty bread nearby for dipping. In our house growing up, we would sprinkle parmesan cheese on our chili. I'm going to serve mine over brown rice tonight.