1. In a large saucepan, cook ground beef over medium heat until well-browned.
2. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the onion is soft.
Serve over rice, with tortilla chips, or Southern style cornbread. Makes about six servings.
* Experiment with how much heat to put in your chili by starting out with chili powder, then graduating to the milder peppers available in your local produce section such as Anaheim chili, or the poblano chili, If you like, step it up a notch by experimenting with the medium-hot chilii peppers like jalopeno or chipotle. Five alarm? Try extra-hot varieties such as cayenne or the Serrano chili, but warn guests beforehand!
* Garnishing chili is an art in itself. Sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced avocado, chopped tomato, chopped onion or scallions, chopped cilantro, and lemon wedges are only a few of the sides you may provide so hungry family or guests can help themselves:
the Web, check out a host of sites offering complete ingredients and instructions for the home cook's favorite one-pot meal
Food.com Chili Recipes - Find more than a thousand chili recipes (and counting), with visitor-submitted favorites - including beef, bean, chicken, pork - or search by category including main dish, Super Bowl party, and vegetarian.
Recipes - Wikibooks - Here's a good collection of recipes for chile con carne, black bean, New Mexico or Texas style -- and the Easy Chili
is one of the easiest we've seen ...