1 head of garlic
Also go ahead and prep your bell peppers; I like to use red and yellow, because it just looks prettier. That being said, regular green bell peppers are usually about half the cost, and honestly, in a chili, you don't notice the color that much anyway! I just happened to get these on a good sale.
Now that that is done, let's turn our attention to the meat! I like to have two different cuts of meat, the ground meat that really cooks down, and chunks of stew meat, so that you actually have something to bite into. It's really a nice combination, in my opinion. In a large pot (because this does make a ton of chili), heat up the vegetable oil until it shimmers. As you can see, this pot has had a lot of love over the years...I use this thing for everything.
Once the oil is shimmering, carefully add in the stew meat, in a single layer. You will probably need to do this in batches. If you add too much meat in, and crowd the pot, you'll end up with steamed meat, not beautifully seared meat. I like to put the meat in, sprinkle it with some salt, and let it sit in the pan for about 3 minutes, before touching it. Then I give it a stir, and scoop it out with a slotted spoon. Once the first batch has come out, the next batch goes directly in.
By the time your last batch has been browned, your pot will have a nice layer of flavor on the bottom of the pot. DO NOT REMOVE THIS! Just keep moving, this will help flavor your chili as it cooks. This is good stuff! Add your ground beef to this, and let it brown up!
Instead of pouring the fat off of the ground beef, I like to take some paper towels, and, using tongs, just use the paper towels to absorb the fat; that way it can go directly into the trash.
Once your ground beef has browned, add in the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in the tomato paste, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Add in the bell peppers, and, again, cook for a minute or two. While the bell pepper are getting to know everything else, go on and open up the beans, and drain them off.
Now, everybody in the pool! Add in the beans, the stew meat (you can see that I forgot my thyme and bay leaves....in they go, too!), beer, broth and tomato sauce.