Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bulgur Wheat Vegetarian Chili

If you've been hesitant about trying a meat-free meal because you're afraid it won't be filling and will leave you hungry, I've got just the recipe for you.  This bulgur wheat chili is delicious, hearty, and totally satisfying.  It's so good, you'll almost forget that it's healthy too.

Bulgur Wheat Vegetarian Chili
(Recipe source: Mark Bittman)
((Printable Recipe))

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 green or red bell peppers, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
2 tablespoons chili powder
1, 6 ounce can tomato paste
2-4 dried ancho chilies, soaked in hot water, seeded and chopped
3 cups whole tomatoes (1 1/2 pounds canned) crushed through your hands, including juice
2-3 cups kidney beans (washed and drained)
4 cups vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup fine or medium bulgur wheat

Additional Toppings:
green onions
shredded cheese
sour cream

1. Heat the oil in a large stock pot.  Add the onion and peppers and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and chili powder and cook for an additional minute. Add the tomato paste and stir to coat the vegetables, about 2 more minutes.

2. Add the chopped ancho chilies, the tomatoes, stock, beans, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. When boiling, lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

3. Stir in the bulgur wheat and cook for an additional 10 minutes.  Turn off the heat and allow it to sit for 15 minutes before serving.

This chili tastes even better the next day!

Serve with a side of corn bread. Enjoy!

Other recipes you may enjoy:
Vegetarian Three Bean Chili over Wild Rice
Grilled Vegetables with Black Beans over Grilled Corn Bread  
Yeast-Raised Corn Bread Sticks

1 comment:

  1. This is one of our all time favorite vegetarian go-to recipes. Recently, I've been using quinoa instead of the bulgur. Love that too! It is a good substitute for the bulgur for people who have trouble with wheat.