So I do what I do when I want to fix something from an old family recipe--call my mom! And here's the recipe she gave me. It was very simple (no chopping involved, for instance) and was tasty and comforting, especially on a blustery day. Here is my mom's recipe:
1 lb ground beef
2 cans of kidney beans (I used 1 light red and 1 dark red for variety)
1 cans of diced tomatoes (can use the ones with chilis or chili seasoned variety)
1 can of tomato sauce
chili powder (to taste)
Like my mom, I have a tendency not to measure anything, especially spices. But I actually made three batches, using two dutch ovens (maybe I'll get a stockpot in a new kitchen set when I move inshaaAllaah.) So here is how I made it. In each dutch oven (~5qt?) I put:
1 1/2 lb. ground beef (browned, with grease drained)
3 cans of kidney beans (1.5 cans of light, 1.5 cans of dark red)
2 cans of tomato sauce (yep, more than called for, but I like it)
1 can of chili seasoned diced tomatoes
1/2 can of petite diced tomatoes (petite for variety)
chili powder (about 1 tbsp each pot, maybe more)
crushed red pepper (maybe 1 tsp) just for fun!
It wasn't too spicy (some down-home Southern folks don't like things too hot) but had just a little kick. I'd say it was just right for the occasion.