When my family sees me pull out the "chili pot" for this dish early in the morning, they know they're in for a flavorful treat, and I know I'm going to have happy campers when they all come home at the end of the day! FYI, the leftovers make a delicious Sloppy Joe sandwich, too!
In a large stock pot, saute 2 tbsp of brown sugar, onions, celery, garlic, and green and red peppers in olive oil until onions are translucent. Do not allow garlic to burn.
Add ground beef until it has browned thoroughly. Strain off excess fat before proceeding to next step.
Add the Guinness and let boil for 1 minute.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and the beef stock and stir thoroughly.
Add all remaining ingredients and stir to mix well. Bring the chili to (what I like to call) an energetic simmer, then reduce the heat to low.
Covered and continue to simmer on low for MINIMUM of 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer the chili simmers the more the flavors get a chance to marry, 4 to 6 hours is best.
Remove the bay leaves and serve. Garnish or serve with any of the following: cornbread muffin, sour cream, diced red onions, green pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, fresh chopped cilantro.