Warm and satisfying Vegan Bulgur Chili! Packed with hearty, cozy ingredients to help keep you warm during the winter months.
Have you ever cooked with bulgur? I bought it on a whim recently, and was excited and curious to try it out. Upon doing a little research, I found that bulgur is a cereal food made from many different wheat species, and can be used to substitute rice or couscous.
I went searching for recipe ideas and found a vegan chili from Naturally Ella. I used that as a guideline and couldn’t resist tossing in a few more veggies. It’s definitely worth noting that I bought quick-cooking bulgur from Trader Joe’s, cutting the cooking time way down (about 10-15 minutes instead of 45).
So if you have regular bulgur, you’ll need to let it simmer longer. I find it to be a wonderful substitute for the ground meat you’d find in traditional chili. It really thickens up the texture and makes it extra cozy and hearty. Hope you enjoy as well!
Bulgur Vegetable Chili
- 1 onion
- 1 green bell pepper
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 zucchini
- 1 carrot
- 1 1/2 cups sweet corn (I use frozen)
- 8 oz. cherry tomatoes
- 15 oz. can kidney beans
- 2/3 cup quick-cooking bulgur (or 1/2 cup for less thick)
- 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
- Prepare vegetables: dice onion, bell pepper, carrot, and zucchini. Mince garlic and halve tomatoes.
- In a stockpot over medium-high heat, sauté onion, bell pepper, carrot, and zucchini for 7-8 minutes. (I use 3 Tbsp. water/broth for no-oil sauté method, adding more as needed.)
- Add garlic, corn, tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper (optional). Sauté another 2 minutes.
- Add 3 cups broth, tomato sauce, bulgur, and kidney beans (rinsed and drained).
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until bulgur is cooked. (Or about 45 minutes if using regular bulgur.)
- It will become very thick as the bulgur absorbs the liquid, and even more after sitting a bit. Add more broth/water to thin it out if desired.
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