Chili Cook-Off Winners

Congratulations to our graduate student Heather Norman for winning the top award in our Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences Chili Cook-Off. Karen Dodridge (DA) received 2nd place and Dr. Kuey-Chu Chen 3rd place.

We would also like to thank our 7 expert judges: Dr. Shuxia Wang, Dr. Florin Despa, Dr. Christopher Gant Dr. Andy (Hui) Li, Ashley Megan (MS Student), Maja Redzic (NS Ph.D. candidate) and Hilaree Frazier (PHA Ph.D. candidate), that participated in the difficult task of selecting the winners.

For those of you already looking forward  to preparing Chili this fall, our 1st place award winner Heather Norman, has kindly agreed to share her recipe. 

Award winning Chili recipe:

1lb ground beef
1 small onion
1 green pepper
olive oil
McCormicks medium chili seasoning packet
Cayenne pepper
Chili powder
1 can dark red kidney beans, undrained
1 can pinto beans, undrained
1 can diced and peeled tomatoes, undrained
1 can tomato sauce

Dice onion and green pepper. Saute in a couple tablespoons of olive oil for a few minutes, then add ground beef and brown. You may need to drain some of the grease, but I usually leave a little bit to give some flavor. Once fully cooked, add packet of chili seasoning and the beans, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Don't drain any of the cans! Mix well and allow to simmer for ~15-20 minutes. Add chili powder and cayenne pepper to taste.