Put olive oil in large frying pan with ground beef,onion and minced garlic. Cover and thoroughly cook on medium heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Every now and then take off the cover and get a wiff of that great, meat cooking smell!
In a separate large pot put all the remainig ingredients and stir together on low heat. Combine the meat-onion-garlic mixture with the rest in the large pot and cook on low heat for 1 hour - stirring occaissionally. Let chili cool for 20 minutes before serving.
Serve with oyster crackers and your favorite beverage.