First, thank you to *Parsley* - Chef # 199848 - for inspiring me with her "Thick and Chunky Crock Pot Game Day Chili," Recipe #251837. I had tried about 20 different recipes for Chili, and *Parsley*'s was the best. But I've been tweaking it for a year and a half now, and I think I did it! This chili is medium to medium-hot, not very sweet, hearty and stew-like, with depth and a delicious aftertaste. I make in a 7-quart crockpot, for my large family. If you like your chili sweeter, use a red onion instead of a white onion; add more brown sugar; and/or add more chocolate chips. Be careful: a little chocolate - just like cumin and cinnamon - goes a looonnnngggg way!