If this recipe is not considered simple, I don't know what is! I got this from an old "Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book" which I gave to my mother back in 1961 or 1962. You do not need anything "fancy" to put this together.
INGREDIENTS and DIRECTIONS, all together in one list:
Brown in 3 tablespoons hot fat (less than this amount is okay)...
1 lb. ground beef (I used just 1/2 pound and that works, too)
1 and 1/4 cup minced onion
Add to the above and cook for 10 min...
2 of 15 oz. can cooked kidney beans (I drained each, but probably wouldn't have had to.) For a different look, you can use one can of light colored kidney beans, and one of the dark red variety.
1 of 10.75 oz. can condensed tomato soup, as is.
Combine the following in a small bowl, stir until totally smooth, and then blend into the above...
1 tablespoon chili powder (more can be added at the table)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon salt (If, out of habit, you already salted the hamburger/onion mixture as it was frying, omit this.)
Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, for 45 minutes. Serve hot... with crackers or hot corn bread, or ??? (Instead of following this last step of "cooking over low heat" for 45 minutes, I put the chili into an enameled cast iron pot, covered it, and stuck it into a 350-degree oven for 30-40 minutes.) M-m-m-m-m-m-m-m!
Above: Little squares of sliced Aged Swiss
Cheese tossed atop the dollop of sour cream.
Serve with toppings of your choice: Crackers, sour cream, snipped green onions, grated cheese, cubes of cheese, broken corn chips, etc.