My award winning chili, made with a very special sauce.
In an extra large stock pot or cast iron skillet, brown ground beef and sausage.
Add chopped vegetables, except garlic, and cook until meats are cooked through and vegetables are tender.
Lower heat to medium.
Add chili powder, tomatoes, tomato paste and sauce to pot, mixing well. Scrape any bits from the bottom of pot. Cook for about 15 minutes stirring often.
Simmer for about 1.5 hours stirring frequently allowing chili flavors to marry. If sauce gets too thick, add water in 1/4 cup amounts.
Add beans and cook another 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Taste for seasoning and adjust.