In a large skillet, brown meat. Drain off fat and sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt over meat.
Add onions and peppers to pan and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
Combine cooked meat, onions, peppers, tomatoes, celery, and water and tomato paste in a large pot.
Stir spices (cumin through salt) into pot. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 1 hour, stirring every 30 minutes. Serve hot.