Step 1: Step 1 - Brown 1-2 pounds of ground beef
Step 2: Step 2 - Add seasonings
In the video below, from 15-minute chili, you can see how to cook the meat. However, stop once the video gets to where the meat is done -- you won't be transferring it to the chili pot!
Step 3: Step 3 - Add water, flour, and simmer.
After the liquid and thickening agent are in the meat, stir it up and bring to a light boil. Allow the meat to simmer down until it is the thickness you like -- personally, I like it just slightly more liquid than a paste.