1. In crock pot set on HIGH, put oil and ground beef, and cook until pink color is gone, stirring frequently; add more oil if needed.
2. Turn crock pot to LOW and add the chili powder, tomatoes, kidney beans, and water; stir to combine.
3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
4. Serve with fresh chopped toppings like green pepper, onion, tomatoes, and a dollop of sour cream with parsley or chives.
You don't really have to cook chili with a hundred ingredients to create a delicious meal. Just use a few that matter. One trick is using flavored diced tomatoes. Of course, if you don't have diced tomatoes with chilies, you can just open a can of green chilies and chop them up a bit and throw them in. If you like onion and garlic, you may want to choose diced tomatoes flavored with onion and garlic. See how simple it is to get the flavors right? Enjoy!