In a 3+ gallon capacity heavy bottom pot, saute the onions in the fat/oil over medium heat until they start to brown a little. Add bell peppers, celery and garlic, saute another few minutes, then add the meat. Cook, stirring every few minutes, until the meat is starting to brown but not all the way cooked.
Add in the rest of the ingredients, bring to a simmer, and then turn down to medium/low heat and simmer just barely bubbling for 2-3 hours. If you simmer too hard or dont have a heavy bottom pot, chili loves to burn. If you think its too thin, add some tomato paste. Too thick? Add some water to thin it out. Taste for salt, and heat, adding some hot pepper flakes if you like spicy chili.
In our house, we serve chili with butter bread/buns or cheese broiled on bread…we’re not into toppings, but feel free to do it up however you’d like with sour cream, shredded cheese, etc.
Scoop leftovers into freezer safe containers, cool with lid cracked then seal, label and freeze.