1 large onion - diced
1 red or green bell pepper - diced
2lbs of ground beef
2 cans of chopped tomatoes - 28oz ea.
2 cans of tomato sauce - 15 oz ea.
1 can of tomato paste - 6 oz
2 cans of kidney beans - 15oz ea.
1TBL Cocoa powder
Crumble and brown ground beef (do not overcook).
Add onions, bell pepper, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin and paprika.*
Cook until onions are almost tender.
Add juice from read beans and simmer until reduced somewhat.
Add tomatoes (with juice), tomato paste, tomato sauce, cocoa and sugar. Respice at this time if you didn't add enough in earlier.
Add kidney beans last to heat through. Done!
Garnish with minced onion, cheddar cheese and or corn chips.
*Because it's a "mom" recipe she doesn't actually measure. I've put +'s above to give an idea about the ratio between spices, so more chili powder and paprika then cumin. Start with maybe a table spoon or two and go from there. Season to taste.