Here's my ingredients.
- 80/20 ground beef, 1 lb
- Garlic cloves, 1 large 1 small
- Onion, 1 small
- Green bell pepper, 1 large
- Baby portobello mushrooms, 3/4 of a package
- Tomato, 1 medium/large, red but not quite ripe, firmer is better
- Tomato sauce, 1 can generic with no flavoring added
- Chili powder, 2-3 tablespoons
- Curry powder, 2-3 tablespoons
- Salt, to taste
I started with my pound of 80/20 ground beef, I tossed it in a pot on medium-low heat and stirred it up in-between cutting everything else up.
With my beef in the pot I chopped up the last of my garlic and tossed it in with the beef, it was starting to get green sprouts growing out of it.
Next I chopped up a large green pepper. Half of it was pretty roughly chopped and the other half was diced up a little more. Basically I started out chopping it into bits about the size of my thumbnail, then slacked off and started chopping it a little thicker as I went on. I put it all in a bowl off to the side.
I stirred the meat real quick, then did the same thing with an onion as I did with the pepper, starting small with the first half and then rough chopping the other. I went ahead and put the onion right into the pot with the beef and garlic.
Then I rinsed and sliced up the mushrooms. I turn them upside down and slice them about as thick as 2-3 quarters or nickels stacked together. I have a strange way of slicing mushrooms with long stems since I don't like to put the stems in. I slice half of it while holding the stem, them turn it around and slice the other half, while slicing the other half I can kinda roll the mushroom stem to the side so I slice around it. I put the mushrooms in the bowl with the green peppers.
After stirring the meat again I roughly chopped up the tomato into quarter inch or so cubes and put these cubes into the bowl with the other vegetables. Once I had the tomatoes in the bowl too I tossed the vegetables to mix them all up and put the bowl in the fridge.
Then I opened my tomato sauce and dumped it in the pan with the been, onions, and garlic and stirred that all together before opening/draining/washing a can of black beans and mixing that into the pot.
I forgot to mention that I put maybe a half cup of water in the pot with the beef/garlic/onions awhile ago so it didn't dry out.
Then I opened a can of chili beans, I don't even remember who makes them, they just say chili beans in mild sauce on the side. They're kinda like baked beans by the looks of them.
I mixed the chili beans in and let the whole thing cook for about 10 minutes on medium heat. Then checked it and gave it 3-4 more minutes before tossing in the vegetables.
Once the vegetables were added it thickened up considerably. I let it sit on medium heat for 5-7 minutes before dusting the top with chili and curry powders along with some salt, then waited 2-3 minutes more before having a bowl.
It was awesome! My whole thing when deciding to add vegetables was that I didn't want them over-cooked. The fresh crisp texture of the vegetables brought a whole new level of awesome to the chili, especially the bell peppers.