A basic chili recipe consists of ground beef, chopped onion, garlic, tomato sauce and a few other ingredients. This recipe takes an hour and 10 minutes to complete, with the majority of the time for simmering the chili.
To make the chili, cook the beef, garlic and onion in a 3-quart saucepan until the beef is brown. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, ground cumin, salt and pepper. Heat this mixture until it boils, and then reduce to low heat. Cover and let simmer for one hour while stirring occasionally.
Stir in one can rinsed and drained kidney beans. Heat the mixture to a boil, and then reduce to low heat. Simmer the chili uncovered for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the desired thickness is achieved. This recipe can be served alone, over corn chips or with cornbread.
To freeze the chili, let it cool to room temperature, and then place into a quart-sized freezer bag. Remove all the air, and lay flat on a cookie sheet. When it is frozen, it can be stored upright or stacked horizontally in the freezer. To thaw, store frozen chili in refrigerator overnight, and then place in a large cooking pot. Reheat over medium-low heat until thoroughly heated.