I am not a great cook but I've found some good chili recipes, took the best from each, and ended up with this. It's very easy to make.
2 lb. ground beef
one medium to large onion chopped
one small green bell pepper chopped
5 cloves garlic minced
6 Tb. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. oregano
one Tb. lime juice
3 beef bullion cubes
one Tb. sugar
one Tb. unsweetened cocoa
one 14.5 can diced tomatoes, with liquid
one can beer
Brown beef in large pot, drain most of the fat. Turn heat to medium.
Cook onion in fat until lightly browned, add and cook garlic briefly.
Add all the spices and cook briefly, stirring constantly. You just want to release their flavor.
Add the can of beer quickly when spices are ready, so they don't burn.
Add everything else. Simmer about an hour. Stir occasionally.
I usually thicken it with a handful of finely crushed (plastic bag/rolling pin) tortilla chips, added 5-10 minutes before serving. I like Mexican beer so that's what I use.
On the side I put rice, ranch beans, crackers, cornbread, shredded cheddar cheese, and raw chopped onions.