The best dang chili ever
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 whole sweet yellow onion, roughly diced/chopped
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1/4 cup butter or 1/2 a stick
salt & pepper
1 packet Pioneer Brand (or your choice) Chili Seasoning
Get butter to sizzling over high heat in a large saucepan/skillet. Add in onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, and continue cooking until onion is just starting to become transparent. Add in ground beef & salt/pepper to taste. Brown the beef almost entirely, until just slightly pink in center, while breaking into small chunks. Add chili seasoning to meat/onion mixture (no other liquid) and stir until well combined. Continue cooking until meat is cooked through while breaking into smaller chunks.
Meanwhile, combine the following ingredients into your LARGE crock pot and turn on heat.
Bean Mixture: **Do NOT drain any of these**
1 can petite diced tomatoes (with garlic & sweet onion)
1 can Hunts chili style petite diced tomatoes
1 can pinto beans
1 can dark kidney beans
1 can Bush's chili beans in medium sauce
1 can Bush's chili beans in mild sauce
When meat mixture is done, add it to the bean mixture in the crock pot. Cook on LOW for 5 hours or on HIGH for 3 hours. We serve the chili over fritos and topped with cheese for a nice Frito Pie or just over plain rice, but always with cheese on top. We are a cheese-loving family, so that is not optional.