This recipe is mostly about the spice mixture that I use to make the chili. Make sure the spices you use are less than 1 year old. Throw out those old ones that have been lurking in the back of your cabinet for the past decade. I switch up the protein, I typically use all ground turkey these days.
8 Tbsp chili powder
5 tsp Coriander
5 tsp Cumin
3 tsp Granulated Garlic
2 tsp Oregano
1 tsp cayenne
To Make Chili:
Pick through and wash 2 pounds of dried beans (use what ever kind you like, kidney beans have the most fiber). Soak in cold water overnight, drain.
Chop (large dice) 1 large onion and add to 7 quart crock pot.
Brown 1 pound of cubed round steak in saute pan. Add to crock pot. To same pan brown 2 pounds ground beef (or turkey). sprinkle with 1/2 of spice mixture and mix in well. Add 1 small can of tomato paste. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes. Add mixture to crock pot. Add soaked beans. Add 2 28 ounce cans of tomatoes and 2 cups of water. Add 1 diced fresh hot pepper (or more depending on amount of "heat" desired). Sprinkle with remaining spice mixture. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours.
You can substitute 4 15 ounce cans of beans for dried beans.