When it comes to making a pot of chili, its a no beaner at the Brainy Gourmet's. Yeah, beans... either you love em or you don't. Chili without beans is a no brainer that's for sure. Its just so easy. And, be my guest when it comes to chili recipes because whether yours/mine, there is always somebody's and or everybody's favorite version.
But, let me just say that I like to use chopped green or red pepper, onion sauteed in olive oil, along with good quality ground beef; and, as much chili powder and red chili pepper flakes as anybody in my/your house can stand.
Once you get that all mixed up, add a small can of tomato paste and stir. If it is thicker than you like, add beef stock or even mild salsa or a little of both. Let it simmer for at least 45 min to an hour.
*Break out the grated cheese, hot sauce and crackers...