Vegetarian Chili

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A few months ago, packages of Boca Burgers were Buy One Get One Free at Publix. By pairing the sale price with coupons, I was able to get a couple of packages for 89¢ apiece. I was thrilled with the deal. I figured they would be great for lunches and quick dinners. Well, a few months have gone by and no one has touched them. “Mmmm….a Boca Burger sounds good” is just not a thought that has ever occurred to me. I needed to use them and decided to make chili with one of the packages. I was really happy with the way this vegetarian chili turned out. It was good. Way better than a burger would have been. This chili can be totally vegan depending on the type of Boca Burgers you use.

Vegetarian Chili

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 bell pepper (color of your choice), chopped
2 chiles (serranos or jalapenos), seeded and minced (optional)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
1 zucchini, chopped
1 10 oz. package of Boca Burgers (4 patties), chopped (or use a package of Boca Ground Crumbles)
1 15.5 oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and chiles. Cook until the vegetables start to get soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Stir in the ground cumin, chili powder, paprika, and cayenne. Add the zucchini, chopped Boca Burgers, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, and water. Stir well and allow to just come to a boil. Season with the salt and turn the heat down to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the chili is thickened.

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