To make my family's chili, you just need a few simpl ingredients
In a pan, cook 1lb hamburger. Once brown, add 1 diced white onion, and 1 tbsp garlic. In a pot, add V8 OR tomato juice and tomato paste, the cans of diced tomatoes, kidneybeans, and various seasonings.
When the meat is nearly (or fully) cooked through, add it to the pot of tomatoe juice. Bring to a simmer, and let cook until the meat is done.