jay’s chili

2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 green pepper, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons oil
4 pounds lean ground beef
2 14-1/2 oz. cans stewed tomatoes
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1/4 cup green chile salsa
1 whole jalapeno from canned jalapeno chilies, finely chopped (optional)
3/4 cup chili powder
1 4 oz. can diced green chilies, undrained
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt

In Dutch oven, sauté first four ingredients in hot oil until tender. Add meat, 1 pound at a time, stirring until meat loses redness. Drain; add water. Add remaining ingredients, stirring after each addition. Simmer 2-1/2 to 3 hours, stirring frequently. Season to taste with garlic salt and pepper, if desired. Makes 6-8 servings.

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