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Bulgur Chili

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

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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
    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.

  • Bzuelke
    Feb 9, 2014

    Excellent didn't really change or adjust anything

  • Juls77
    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!

  • Juls77
    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!"

  • Juls77
    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!

  • Juls77
    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!

  • Juls77
    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!

  • mrsducky
    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!

  • muffbear74
    Sep 19, 2012

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

  • mahacb
    Dec 13, 2011

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