Classic Red Chili

from melskitchencafe.com

*Makes 12-14 servings

2 medium onions, diced

2 teaspoons salt

2 to 2 1/2 pounds ground beef

3 large cans (29 ounces each) pinto beans, drained

46 oz. (one large can) tomato juice

1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

1 cup ketchup

2 bay leaves

1/2 cup water

3/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons cumin

1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

Brown the hamburger and onion in a large skillet. Drain grease. In a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup water with the garlic salt, pepper, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin and brown sugar.

In a large pot, combine tomato juice, beans, tomato sauce, and ketchup. Stir in hamburger and onions and seasoning/water mixture. Mix well. Stir in bay leaves.

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer over medium-low heat for an hour, stirring occasionally (this can simmer for as long as 4-5 hours).