Vegetarian Chili

Spicy, delicious, low-fat Vegetarian Chili contains cholesterol-lowering fiber.  The heart-healthy kidney beans in this recipe aid in lowering homocysteine levels which may help prevent heart attacks and disease.

Vegetarian Chili - Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups dry kidney beans

6 cups water or vegetable broth

1/2 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons cumin

2 tablespoons chili powder 

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped (removing all seeds)

1 Anaheim pepper, sliced width wise (approx. 1/4" in width)

2 cups whole tomatoes, mashed

Vegetarian Chili - Recipe Instructions:

Sort and wash the kidney beans, removing any impurities.  Add the kidney beans and 2 cups of the water into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand for 1 hour. Drain the beans and set aside.  Next, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until onions are opaque, about 5 minutes.  Add the kidney beans, remaining water or vegetable broth, cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper.  Next, dice or chop red bell pepper and jalapeño pepper.  Slice Anaheim pepper width wise - approx. 1/4" in width.  Add all the peppers to saucepan.  Finally, add tomatoes.  Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 hours, or until the beans are done cooking. 

Makes 4-6 servings.

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