In medium-size sauté pan combine beef drippings, meat, 1/2 cup green bell pepper and 3/4 cup onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is no longer pink. Set aside.
In large, heavy bottomed saucepan, combine liquid from kidney beans with garlic powder, salt and pepper, tomatoes, tomato soup, water and chili powder, if using. Simmer slowly, stirring occasionally, for about two hours.
When done, add reserved meat mixture and simmer one hour. A few minutes before serving, add kidney beans and heat through.Makes 12 Source: