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Bulgur Chili Recipe
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Bulgur Chili Recipe

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This vegetarian chili is zesty, but it also offers a slight hint of sweetness. Because it doesn't have to simmer for hours like other chili recipes, it's ideal for serving to drop-in visitors. —Jeraldine Hall of Ravenden Springs, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + standing Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + standing Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup bulgur
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped green peppers
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium tomato juice
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 195 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 657mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 7g fiber), 11g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 2 vegetable.

Directions

  1. Place bulgur in a large bowl; stir in boiling water. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Drain and squeeze dry.
  2. In a large saucepan, saute green peppers and onion in oil until tender. Stir in the bulgur, tomato juice, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, chili powder, garlic, cumin and cayenne. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Bulgur Chili in Light & Tasty October/November 2001, p39


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traceycharles 222305
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2015

"This was my first time using bulgur. I found this recipe pretty easy and tasty. I did not add the water or the 8 oz of tomato sauce. It would have been too soupy. Another commented that the recipe wasn't vegetarian because of the Ranch Style Beans. I'd say this depends on the beans you use. Mine contained no animal products. I'd make this again. Thanks."

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Bzuelke 38827
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"Excellent didn't really change or adjust anything"

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Juls77 32752
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"The best chili I've ever made, great for following a vegan/plant based lifestyle! It's very easy to make & quick as well as simple to either add or leave out items depending upon personal preference. I left out the canola oil, used water to saute the peppers & onions,, simply delicious!"

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Juls77 128597
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

""The best chili I've ever made, great for following a vegan/plant based lifestyle! It's very easy to make & quick as well as simple to either add or leave out items depending upon personal preference. I left out the canola oil, used water to saute the peppers & onions,, simply delicious!""

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Juls77 81243
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"The best chili I've ever made, great for following a vegan/plant based lifestyle! It's very easy to make & quick as well as simple to either add or leave out items depending upon personal preference. I left out the canola oil, used water to saute the peppers & onions,, simply delicious!"

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Juls77 74518
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"The best chili I've ever made, great for following a vegan/plant based lifestyle! It's very easy to make & quick as well as simple to either add or leave out items depending upon personal preference. I left out the canola oil, used water to saute the peppers & onions,, simply delicious!"

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Juls77 32751
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"The best chili I've ever made, great for following a vegan/plant based lifestyle! It's very easy to make & quick as well as simple to either add or leave out items depending upon personal preference. I left out the canola oil, used water to saute the peppers & onions,, simply delicious!"

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mrsducky 56851
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"This recipe is NOT vegetarian. Ranch Style Beans contain the following ingredients: Bean(s) Pinto, Water, Vegetable(s) Oil Blend, Animal Shortening (Soybean(s) Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Cottonseed Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Beef Fat Rendered) , Tomato(es) Paste, Salt, Pepper(s) Chili, Sugar, Paprika, Vinegar, Spice(s), Onion(s) Powder, Garlic Powder, Flavoring Natural. The recipe contains cholesterol which is the first clue that it contains animal source products!"

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muffbear74 204534
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2012

"It's almost hard to tell that this is vegetarian. The bulgar adds texture. Very tasty!"

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GrammyA 50870
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"This was my first time to use bulgur in a recipe but wanted to try it because it was suitable for diabetics and lower in calories than my homemade chili. I left out the green peppers, because my husband doesn't like them, but added much more chili powder and a little more cayenne than the recipe called for. Also, I added beef base to make it taste more "Texan-y." My husband approved. I'm going to look for more recipes using bulgur. Thanks!"

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