In a large pot, start to cook the chili beans or start warming them if precooked. Meanwhile, in a large skillet saute the onion and minced garlic until onion is slightly transparent, then add the ground beef or steak, brown until half cooked, add to the beans.
Add the tomatoes, pickle juice, and just enough water to come barely over the top of chili. Simmer until water is almost boiled off, stirring occasionally. Chili is done when it is nice and thick and a wooden spoon will almost stand up in it. Garnish with coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese and onion pieces.
This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. It has not been tested for home use.