This is a good old fashioned Oklatex chili recipe adapted to fit in with the BBQ genre so popular in that area. It is a perfect item for a Combination BBQ/Chili cook off. the addition od cocoa powder sounds strange to some, but is actually borrowed from French Cuisine, and adds a deeper dimension of beefy flavor. We use red pepper flakes to adjust the heat, but any hot chili pepper flakes work well. The recipe below is a mild version @ 1 tsp. of pepper flakes, our standard version uses1 1/2 Tbs., we have also made it with habaneros. Of course, feel free to adjust it to your own personal liking.
This chili is great over spaghetti, on a chili dog, over a char grilled burger, or in a bowl of its own,