Grandma's chili (as transcribed by me over phone in a supermarket)
1 lb ground beef
1/2 t granulated garlic
1 small onion, diced
1 T olive oil
1 can tomato paste
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes (or, you could stew your own like she did)
1 T chili powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 15 oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 In a dutch oven over medium(ish) heat, brown beef.
2 Season with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic in the process.
3 Remove the brown beef, and drain the grease from the meat.
4 Add in the olive oil and then the onions.
5 Add a pinch of salt to help the sweating process and cook until the onions are translucent and soft (~5 minutes).
6 Stir the tomato paste in with the onions and let it cook for a minute or so.
7 Add in the diced tomatoes along with its liquid and then add in the beef, chili powder, and red pepper flakes.
8 Season with salt and pepper (to taste) and allow to simmer, covered for at least 20 minutes. Longer is better.
9 About 10 minutes before serving, add in the kidney beans and let them heat through and absorb a bit of the flavor. Serve with saltine crackers.
This only gets better in the refrigerator. I've made this two weekends in a row to have for dinner the following week. I guess I'm starting to prep meals in advance for the future, when I'm no longer allowed to be a member of the human race and will not be allowed more than 3 hours of sleep per night. (I would be referring to the masters defense preparations)