1 pound of ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon of salt
1 ½ tablespoons of chili powder (or to taste)
½ teaspoon of black pepper
1 ½ teaspoons of cumin
¾ teaspoon of allspice
2 #2 cans of tomatoes
2 #2 cans of red kidney or pinto beans
1-½ tablespoons of sugar
½ oz. semisweet chocolate
1 bay leaf
1 4 oz. can of tomato paste
1 can of condensed beef consommé

Brown beef in skillet. Add onion and green pepper, cooking until onion is transparent. Add chili powder, cumin, allspices and black pepper; mix well. Remove from heat. Put remaining ingredients in a large pan and bring to boil. Add meat mixture. Reduce heat; simmer about three hours. Remove bay leaf and serve with corn bread, finely grated cheese or small cheese crackers.

Recipe courtesy of Laura’s maternal grandmother, Nana.