Bulgur Chili Recipe
- 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
- 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.
1 cup: 195 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 657mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 7g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat.
Reviews for Bulgur Chili
"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."
"Excellent didn't really change or adjust anything"
"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!"
"It's almost hard to tell that this is vegetarian. The bulgar adds texture. Very tasty!"
"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!"
"To cut down the sodium, I subbed no-salt added black beans for the ranch style. I think you could pretty much use whatever you have on hand; this recipe lends itself well to that. Was very well received by my husband and son. And the bulgur is a much better "meat" substitute than the TVP that you can buy."
"So easy to make and delicious!"
"very heart, the bulgur looks like meat, i took someone elses advice and added cocoa powder and i added a little cinnamon, but it was great before i added it"
"Easy and delicious! Can't believe how much the bulgur is a perfect substitute for ground meat."
"Made it yesteday and it was great. My husband and son saw the recipe and knew there was no meat otherwise I don't think they would have known. Great consistancy and flavor."
"This is similar to a recipe we have used for years. We add a 1/2T of plain cocoa powder to it.Everyone loves it and doesn't believe there is no meat in it due to the flavor."
"look in the cooked bean section near the Kidney and baked beans. Ranch-style beans are spicier- than baked beans."
"I was thinking they were baked beans but that's just a guess."
"What is ranch-style beans?"