Really great chili. We started the beef browning, drainede the grease, then finished it off with the onions, garlic, and celery before adding the spices, beans, and tomatos. Left out the mushrooms, as they just don't go with chili in my mind. Cooked up a 1lb bag of black beans and used those instead of "chili beans" (adding about 1T more chili powder), along with a can of (rinsed and drained) kidney beans. Only other change we made was to add a cup or so of frozen corn and use only 1t cayenne, which still gave it a little spice, but if you like it spicy, I would stick with the 2t. Our beer was an amber ale and it definitely added a nice flavor, but without being "boozy" or bitter. What a great dinner topped off with cheese, crackers and sour cream.
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Really great chili. We started the beef browning, drainede the grease, then finished it off...