Chili con Carne – Corn free

All of the canned chili that we found contained corn syrup or corn starch, so off I went to find a recipe without. This recipe taste great! We added a little brown sugar to get the taste we wanted, used only a half tablespoon of cumin, and 1 tablespoon of chili powder. Our pallets can’t handle too much spice.

Ingredients

2 to 3 pounds lean ground beef
1 or 2 large chopped onions
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon dried ground cumin or to taste
1 tablespoon dried oregano or to taste
2 tablespoons chili powder or to taste (fresh chile peppers may be substituted)
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 to 4 cups tomato puree, tomato sauce, or fresh tomatoes, coarsely chopped (or a combination of all three)
2 tbsp beef bouillon
1 to 2 tablespoons molasses**
2 cans black beans or kidney beans, rinsed and drained

** Molasses helps cut down the acidity of the tomatoes.

Directions

In a large soup pot or cast-iron Dutch oven over medium-high heat, saute ground beef, onion, and garlic until the meat becomes gray in color. Add cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt, pepper, tomatoes, and beef broth. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, approximately 3 to 4 hours, stirring often. Note: Additional beef broth, water, or wine may be added as needed.

Add molasses to taste to cut down the acidity of the tomatoes. Add beans and continue to simmer another 30 minutes. NOTE: During the last 30 minutes of cooking, do a lot of tasting and adjust seasoning to taste.

For maximum flavor, cool chili and refrigerate overnight so flavors will mellow as chili is best made 1 day ahead to allow the flavors time to marry.

When ready to serve, remove top layer of solidified fat, reheat chili over low heat, and serve in large individual bowls.

Makes 8 to 12 servings.

Adapted from: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Soup/LindaChili.htm

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Education California State University, Chico, CA Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems, with Minor in Business - May 2005 3.429 GPA Emphasis in Networking and Internet Experience Oroville Hospital, Oroville, CA Hospital Information Systems Technician I • Served as helpdesk team member fielding calls and educating users on AS400 and PC based applications and peripherals • Executed server backups and Saves using Backup Exec, and tape rotations and storage measures • Designed and implemented web-based, multi-user helpdesk software in PHP and MySQL on a Linux server • Conducted data transfer of billing information and maintenance utilizing HBOC and Cirius group Software • Monitored servers including RAS (Remote Access Server), Exchange server, Domain controller, and AS400 • Performed optical processing from OS400 system Next Step Computers, Oroville, CA Owner/Technician – www.NextStepComputers.net • Implementation and troubleshooting of networks with 802.11b, 802.11g, and Ethernet • Implementation of static and dynamic IP addressing, and network address translation • PC hardware installation, including DSL/Cable installation and configuration, and HD partitioning • PC software installation, including OS installation/re-installation with Linux, Windows and multi-boot systems • Implementation and monitoring of security measures including firewall, IDS, port forwarding and IP masquerading • PC troubleshooting including spy-ware / ad-ware removal, virus removal, and registry cleaning • Design and maintenance of PHP based web sites, with MySQL database backbone • Implementation and administration of servers on Linux and Windows platforms including Apache 1.0 and 2.0, PHP 4.2, MySQL, SSH, FTP, SaMBa Community Involvement Boy Scouts of America, Oroville, CA Eagle Scout – Awarded March 19, 2000 • Positions held include Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Scout Master, Quartermaster, and Scribe • Awarded Bronze Eagle Palm Chapter Chief – Order of the Arrow (Honor Society) – Spring 1999 – Spring 2000 • Master of Ceremonies and task master at gatherings: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for Camp-o-ree (Competition) Webmaster – Maidu Chapter, Order of the Arrow – Spring 1999 - Summer 2002 - www.gec-bsa.org/maidu

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