Here is another example of a throw everything into a pot and out comes something delicious dish. Easily can be made into a meat dish by adding whatever cooked meat you desire. I searched for vegetarian chili on the web and out popped this recipe, but the premise is the following,
cut up a bunch of vegetables (green peppers, celery, carrots, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, onions, anything that you want)
open up a bunch of cans (red kidney beans, crushed tomatoes, garbanzo beans, black beans, corn, more?)
get some spices ready (salt, pepper, cumin, bay leaves, garlic, chili powder and on and on)
Fry up the onions and garlic to release their flavor
Add the spices until you see fit
Add the vegetables
Add the cans except the corn
Let simmer/boil for thirty minutes-one hour
Add the corn
Serve with condiments like cilantro or parsley
Every time chili is made it will be a little different. I went heavy on the chili powder this time and it was good. Slowly as you make more and more you can figure out what vegetables and spices are essential (corn for me) and what can be skipped or left out.
A super positive is that I now have about a gallon of chili for the week to eat. Left-overs galore.