Meatless Monday: Cracked Wheat Chili

Try this quick, zesty vegetarian chili packed with bell peppers, bulgur wheat, beans, tomatoes and spices. The bulgur wheat looks like ground beef and adds a lot of fiber. As a result, this healthy vegetarian chili looks a lot like traditional chili.
Cracked Wheat Chili
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
6 cloves minced garlic
4 cups water
1-1/2 cups dry bulgur wheat
1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
1-1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
In a medium soup pot, heat oil on medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell peppers and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the water, bulgur, kidney beans, black beans, tomatoes, chili powder, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil for about 10 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly as the water is absorbed into the bulgur. Serves 12

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