I made this chili last weekend. It's pretty mild (fine for me), and I have no idea how it stacks up against others, but since it's the chili I grew up eating, it's the only one that tastes "right" to me. Sorry if the pics aren't great. Crappy camera and vision isn't my strong point anyway.
The big bowl's got five onions and 6 bell peppers. The pot has 8 cans of various beans and two cans of stewed tomatoes. Then you've got a pound each of ground beef and pork, a couple cloves of garlic and some parsley. Spices aren't pictured (1/3 cup chili powder, 2 Tbsp salt, 1-1/2 tsp pepper, 1-1/2 tsp cumin).
Get the beans and tomatoes simmering, and saute the peppers and onions until tender.
Throw in the garlic at the end and cook until fragrant. Then remove the vegetables and brown the meet in some butter. If, like me, you forgot to put the garlic in with the vegetables, throw it in with the meat instead.
Add the vegetables back, along with the chili powder and parsley, and cook for another 10 minutes or so
Finally, add that to the beans, along with the rest of the seasonings. Cover and simmer for an hour, then skim
Serve with crackers, cheese and sour cream.
First time I made this myself, and it came out pretty good. i might reduce the salt a bit next time, and I need to make sure I buy name brand crackers. I bought the store brand to save 30 cents, and they are awful. Since I like my chili and crackers in an approximate 1:1 ratio (you can't see what's under the surface in that picture), it was pretty disappointing.