Add the beef to the pan, add salt and pepper and toss well.
Add the onions to the pan, sauté until golden in color.
Add the peppers, continue to sauté for 3-5 minutes, until tender and fragrant.
Add the garlic. Sauté for a few minutes.
Add the chili powder and toss to coat.
Add the tomato paste and toss to coat. Sauté to slightly caramelize the tomato paste.
Add the tomatoes and bay leaves.
Add the taco seasoning, sugar, and cocoa powder.
Bring everything to a boil and then reduce chili to a simmer. Simmer for at least an hour. (Note: if you are using chuck roast you should simmer for 2-3 hours until the meat is very tender.
Add the beans and simmer for another 20 minutes or so.
Remove bay leaves before serving.
chopped white onions and/or green onions
Foodology Geek Taco Seasoning Mix
Adjust the cayenne pepper in the recipe to make it more or less spicy. Makes about ½ a cup. 5 tablespoon chili powder 3 teaspoon kosher salt 3 teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoon dried oregano 4 teaspoon onion powder 4 teaspoon coriander 4 teaspoon paprika 2-6 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon black pepper