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Bulgur Chili Recipe

Bulgur Chili Recipe

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. YIELD: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

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.

Nutritional Facts

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.

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traceycharles User ID: 8219487 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 User ID: 5097870 38827
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"Excellent didn't really change or adjust anything"

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Juls77 User ID: 7471085 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 User ID: 7471085 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 User ID: 7471085 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 User ID: 7471085 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 User ID: 7471085 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 User ID: 6390808 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 User ID: 209131 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 User ID: 2331331 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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BrendainPa User ID: 861741 81211
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"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."

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mrjack03 User ID: 2896026 92107
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"So easy to make and delicious!"

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princesslisa41286 User ID: 3542458 32750
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"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"

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vellenww User ID: 3022831 32185
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"Easy and delicious! Can't believe how much the bulgur is a perfect substitute for ground meat."

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mistydtoo User ID: 2963199 81210
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"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."

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greytgal User ID: 3696299 32749
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"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."

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dreamlady1931 User ID: 3205218 32183
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"look in the cooked bean section near the Kidney and baked beans. Ranch-style beans are spicier- than baked beans."

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jmp0801 User ID: 4257944 33761
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"I was thinking they were baked beans but that's just a guess."

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mandg1047 User ID: 801696 81673
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"What is ranch-style beans?"

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