Bean & Bulgur Chili Recipe
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Bean & Bulgur Chili Recipe

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Come in from the cold to a steaming bowl of this zesty three-bean chili. The bulgur adds great texture and heartiness, so you won't miss the meat. —Tari Ambler, Shorewood, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup bulgur
  • Reduced-fat sour cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups (calculated without sour cream): 240 calories, 3g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 578mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 12g fiber), 11g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 2 vegetable.


  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the onions, celery and green pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in carrot and seasonings; cook and stir 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, broth and tomato paste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook bulgur according to package directions. Stir into chili; heat through. Garnish each serving with sour cream if desired. Yield: 10 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Bean & Bulgur Chili in Country Woman October/November 2010, p41

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chikpea 176301
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"I made this for a weeknight dinner and it was a great standard recipe for vegetarian chili - I omitted bulgur (but will try next time) and just served over elbow mac. Delish!"

crazy4sushi 113007
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"Great chili. No cinnamon or allspice. Just add the bulgur to the chili. No need to cook it seperate. Give it a little more broth to compensate what the bulgur will soak up."

jdileo 122027
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"Fantastic! The bulgur, once cooked, adds a surprising nutty taste and a pleasing texture to the chili. For my second batch, I used mildly hot peppers and the result was equally delicious. I actually made a triple batch and canned some for the winter (freezing would work just as well). Absolutely worth the time!"

Bushlady2 212096
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"Absolutely will make again! The flavor and texture of this chili beats any chili that I've tasted. Plus, it's so healthy for you. I did add some cumin. Even my husband liked it (which is hard to find something new that he likes)."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"I absolutely loved this chili recipe. Made it last night -- easy -- followed it exactly - didn't even have to adjust any seasonings -- each of my family members had more than one serving. Great Recipe."

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