I love cooking chili. Not sure what it is, but it's one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Something about beef, beer, and beans really gets me going, so to speak.
Used to have around 3 recipes that all turned out good (then I'd sometimes mix and match different things from the recipes that worked...sometimes they would work together, sometimes they wouldn't).
After a while, one recipe kinda won out over the rest, mostly by popular demand. I always bring pots of chili in to work, and after while the guys started specially requesting the beef and sausage chili that I make.
I'm totally not a purist. I don't turn my nose up at beans (the above mentioned chili has beans), and to be honest I have only made beanless chili once. It turned out ok, but I just like the flavor of kidney beans in my chili.
Anyone care to share some favorite recipes or tips? Make fun of me for using beans? Share stories of after-effects?
I will post my recipe later on...it's kinda long and it's almost bed time.