Preparation / Directions:
I had this when visiting friends in N'awlins. He didn't know the source of the recipe, but this was sure passable chili. In a large, heavy pot, brown the meat with the onions and the garlic.
Drain off the fat and stir in the chili powder (depending on quality, you may want more - we get real cool stuff up here in the north).
Add chilies, tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaves, salt, oregano, vinegar, and brown sugar.
Cover the pot and cook for 2 hours over low heat. Add beans and cook, uncovered, 30 minutes more.
Serve with side dishes of corn chips, shredded lettuce, and shredded Cheddar chees