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Spicy Vegetarian Chili

No recipe image available.This is a terrific vegetarian chili that's richly flavored with onions, bell pepper, jalapeños, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder and cinnamon. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or grated cheddar.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
1 cup canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 jalapeño chiles, seeded and minced
3 ounces tomato paste
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon unsweetened baking cocoa
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a heavy, large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook onion and red and green bell peppers until soft and golden, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add mustard seeds and cook for 1 minute, stirring often.
  3. Add tomatoes with juice, kidney beans, pinto beans, mushrooms, carrots, jalapeño, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, cocoa and cinnamon; stir well. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 40 minutes, or until thickened; stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve warm.

Makes 8 servings.