Wendy's Chili

INGREDIENTS:
2 pounds fresh ground beef
1 quart tomato juice
1 (29-ounce) can tomato purée ... [alternate: diced tomatoes]
1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained
1 medium-large onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup diced celery ... [alternate: use 3 ribs]
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper ... [alternate: use a whole pepper]
1/4 cup chili powder ... [just right for mild heat]
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder ... [additional: 3 chopped cloves]
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
[optional: 1 teaspoon ground cumin]
[optional: 4 tablespoons lemon juice]



DIRECTIONS:
In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain off the fat. Put the beef and the remaining ingredients in a 6-quart pot. Cover the pot and let the chili simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.