Incredibly, aside from a mildly violent explosion of kidney bean juice all over the kitchen, my first attempt at making chili went off without a hitch. Here you see the ingredients in all their glory:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 14 oz (half can) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 large can tomato sauce
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 oz water

Dice the onion and green pepper and combine. Pour a thin layer of olive oil into a warmed skillet and heat onions and green peppers until browned. Add ground beef, heat until browned, and drain grease. Add kidney beans to meat, onion, and pepper mixture. Combine tomato paste, tomato sauce, and crushed tomatoes in a large bowl, and add in meat and vegetables. Sprinkle cinnamon over mixture and stir. Add water and simmer with periodic stirring for two hours. Add salt for taste if desired.

The final product: