Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed nonreactive saucepot or Dutch oven mediun heat. Add onions, celery, garlic, chili powder(s), cumin, and basil and saute until vegetables are softened and lightly colored, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high, add half the meat(s) and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the seasoned salt. Cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink and just beginning to brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add remaining meat(s) and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon seasoned salt. Cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, another 4 to 5 minutes.
Stir in tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, beans, and their juices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove lid and continue to simmer for another 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until meat is tender and chili is slightly thickened (if chili begins to stick to bottom of pot, stir in 1/2 cup water and continue to simmer). Taste and if necessary adjust seasoning with salt. Serve with sour cream, grated cheese, chopped green onions, cilantro and hot pepper sauce, if desired.
Slow Cooker Option: Cook vegetables and meat as directed above then add cooked meat mixture to a slow cooker; stir in the tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes and beans, and cook on the high setting for 4 hours.
The flavor of chili improves with age. So, if possible, make it one to three days in advance and reheat before serving. Leftovers can be frozen for up to a month.
If you're a fan of spicy food, try adding a couple seeded and diced jalapeno peppers, or some red pepper flakes and/or cayenne.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (744g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6|
|Calories from Fat: 531 (55%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 59g||79 %|
|Saturated Fat 19.8g||99 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 25.5g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 6.6g|
|Cholesterol 159.8mg||49 %|
|Sodium 3114.5mg||107 %|
|Potassium 1919.7mg||51 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 63.8g||19 %|
|Dietary Fiber 13.7g||55 %|
|Sugars, other 50.1g|
|Protein 49.7g||71 %|
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Calories per serving: 970
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