Preparation / Directions:
1. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large skillet. Heat to medium and add the first two chopped onions that appear first in the recipe, the garlic. Cook until onions are lightly browned.
2. Add tomato sauce, catsup, water and vinegar. When mixture boils, add the rest of the salt, the remaining spices and herbs, the honey and chocolate. Adjust seasonings, adding more salt if it needs perking up, more cumin for a more strident chili flavor, more cinnamon and mace if you want it more aromatic, more cardamom for more band and more chocolate for more body.
3. Cover and simmer on very low heat for about 1 hour, stirring and tasting occasionaly, adding tomato juice if it is getting too dry. It should be a thick sauce. Discard bay leaf. Adjust thickness with tomato juice.