Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili

This chili is simple, nutritious, filling, and SO SO yummy!  Really, you have to give it a try before snubbing your nose at something vegetarian.


6-7 medium tomatoes (any medium to large variety)
2 jalapeno chilis, cored, seeded and diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 onion chopped
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil
1 sweet yellow bell pepper
1 small can tomato paste
1 can pinto beans (rinsed & drained)
1 can black beans (rinsed & drained)
1.5 cups bulgur (a wheat product you can find in the grain/all natural section of the store – Bob’s Red Mill makes a good one that is fairly easy to find)
3 cups water (more if needed at the end)
3 tsp. all-seasons salt (I used Simply Organic – great taste and cute jar, plus it’s organic!)
1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Shredded/diced cheddar cheese for topping (omit to make this vegan)
Tortilla chips for topping


1. Chop onions, saute in Extra Virgin olive oil until tender.

2. Wash and chop tomatoes and peppers, add those and cook for 30 minutes on medium/low.

3. Add beans, tomato paste, bulgur, water, and seasonings.  Cook for 2-3 hours.
*You can also do this in the slow cooker, although it’ll probably come out tasting a little different. Add all ingredients and cook for 6-8 hours on low.  IF you are home, I would cook everything, but leave out the bulgur until the last 2 hours.*

4. Serve with cheese (omit to make vegan) and tortillas on top!



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  1. 1

    Thank you for sharing this recipe … it looks wonderful. It’s the first chili recipe I’ve seen using potatoes and bulgar. Sounds healthy and delicious … and did you know that eating meatless meals is one of the easiest ways to reduce our footprint on the earth? Yep … so we get to enjoy this fabulous meal and do something nice for planet earth. yay!

    I’m definitely trying this one!

  2. 2
    Sari Berry says:

    My husband does tend to turn up his nose at vegetarian recipes but I’m going to try this anyway – looks great!

  3. 3

    this looks awesome :)

  4. 4
    Jennifer Reyer Young says:

    My whole family are vegetarians. This is great, thanks, I can’t wait to try it!

  5. 5
    Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    Sounds good and good for you.

  6. 6
    Jessica Beard says:

    Sounds great! We get tired of having meat at every meal.

  7. 7
    Lucy Lopez says:

    This sounds delicious and in a crockpot just what I like to cook with. Thanks for sharing.

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    Shannon says:

    I have never tried it with bulgur. Nice recipe and thank you for sharing.

  9. 9
    Maryann D. says:

    I love vegetarian chili and enjoy finding different recipes so I don’t have to make it the same each time. I like using different beans too!

  10. 10

    This recipe sounds wonderful. I love Chili! Delicious!

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    Julie Wood says:

    This is really healthy vegetarian chili that I want to make. It has a lot of great spices to give it a kick and we would love having for a Sunday dinner.

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