Bob Greene's Vegetable Chili

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 7:00 AM, January 21, 2011

Aired January 21, 2011

Serves Serves 4
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups water
3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes or canned no-salt-added canned tomatoes
2 sweet red peppers, seeded and finely chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
18 teaspoon cayenne
12 teaspoon cumin
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons chili powder
Heaping 14 teaspoon salt
2 cups canned low-sodium red kidney beans, such as Goya, drained and rinsed or cooked
12 cup cracked wheat or bulgur
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
14 cup shredded low-fat cheddar

Lightly spritz a large heavy bottomed stockpot with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until golden brown, about 8 minutes, stirring regularly.

Add the water, tomatoes, peppers, celery, carrots, cayenne, cumin, bay leaf, chili

powder, salt, beans, and cracked wheat. Stir and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf and divide the chili evenly among 4 bowls. Top each bowl with

12 tablespoon onion and 12 tablespoon cheddar. Serve.