Vegetarian Bulgur Chili

(You won’t believe there is no meat in this delicious chili. Don’t be deterred by the long list of ingredients. Most of them are herbs and spices)

1 tablespoon olive or canola oil

2 onions, chopped

2 green & or red peppers, chopped

3 cloves garlic, crushed

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

1 can 19 oz red kidney beans, drained & rinsed

1 can 19 oz chick peas, drained & rinsed

1/2 cup uncooked bulgur

28 oz can stewed tomatoes

1 cup bottled salsa ( mild or medium)

1/2 cup water

2 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1 tbsp chili pepper

1 tsp basil

½ tsp oregano

¼ tsp cayenne

1 tbsp cocoa ( baking cocoa, unsweetened)

1 tsp sugar

½ tsp ground cumin

Heat oil in a large pot. Saute onions, pepper and garlic for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add mushrooms and sauté 5 minutes longer. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer, covered for 25 to 30 minutes.

if desired , add 1 can drained corn niblets.