Just Plain Chili (great for all phases)
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 green bell pepper, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbs cumin, or to taste
1-1/2 Tbs chili powder, or to taste
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
Light coals in grill. While coals are setting (30-45 minutes), form ground beef into large patties.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed soup pot, and add freshly ground black pepper.
Add bell pepper and saute 5-7 minutes. Turn heat off and stir in minced garlic.
Grill patties over coals until medium rare, no more than 5 minutes on each side.
Turn heat on high under soup pot, and place patties in with garlic, oil, and pepper mixture.
Break up patties into small pieces with spatula and brown meat thoroughly. Add tomatoes.
Mash and break up tomatoes with spatula.
Add enough water to cover all ingredients, reduce heat to low, and let simmer 2 hours or more.