Chili was one of the first meals that I really took to as a new home cook at the ripe old age of twelve. I had no fucking clue what I was doing. I knew there were beans and tomatoes and some beef and shit, but I figured it out on my own from there with relatively little help from my cooking teacher at the time, Food Network.
This is that chili, just a little grown up. You can mix and match your preferred chili bean into the recipe. I prefer kidney beans. There is also a call for a can of water later in the recipe to add some more liquid to the stewing process. If you have beef stock on hand, you can sub that in as well.