2 T vegetable oil or (even better) bacon fat
11/2 lbs onions coarsely chopped
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 lbs lean ground beef
2 lbs lean ground pork
3/4 c chili powder
3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
2-3 T sugar
1T plus 1t ground cumin
1T plus 1t dried oregano
2t fennel seeds
1/2t cayenne pepper
3 bay leaves
1 can (28oz) whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
3 bottles dark or medium beer ( Dos Equis, Heineken, or Guinness)
2 cans (16 oz) baked beans, Your favorite brand or recipe.
Spoon the oil into a heavy casserole dish or Dutch oven and set over moderate heat. Add the onions and saute until softened, about ten min. Add the garlic and saute two min. Reserve.
Return the pot to moderate heat and crumble in the beef and pork. Increase temp and brown well, without stirring for 5 min. Reduce heat to moderate and return onions to pot. Stir in 1/2 c chili powder, 2 T of cocoa, 2 T sugar, 1T cumin, 1T cumin, fennel seeds, salt, cayenne, and bay leaves. Add the tomatoes and their juices, the tomato sauce, 2 bottles of beer and 4 c water. Bring to a boil over moderate heat then reduce to low and simmer, uncovered, for 3 hours. Stir every half hour but not during the last 15-20 min so the fat will rise to the top. After 3 hours, skim off the fat and add remaining ingredients.