Here is the recipe (sans beets) that I used Tuesday for my experiment with beet puree. It is wonderful (actually won a neighborhood chili cook-off when we were living in Virginia) and can be whipped up quickly or allowed to simmer all day in a slow cooker.
1 pound ground beef (93% fat free)
1 pound turkey hot italian sausage, out of casing, and crumbled
2 medium onions, diced
4 cloves of minced garlic or 1 t garlic powder
2 T chili powder
2 T cumin
2 - 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes
1 - 15 oz can of diced tomatoes with chili peppers
2 - 15 oz cans of kidney or chili beans
1 - 6 oz can tomato paste
1-2 t (or more) hot sauce, depending on your taste
In a large pot, brown onion, sausage and meat. Drain fat. If doing a slow cooker, place meat and onions and all other ingredients in slow cooker on low and cook for at least 4 hours, but can be left all day. If doing it "fast," add remaining ingredients, bring to a fast simmer, and reduce to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
PS--can of pureed beets is optional! :)