What makes Mollie’s Vegetarian Chili Amazing?
The recipe is a traditional chili without meat but with the addition of bulgur, which gives this chili a ground-meat-like texture. After tasting your first bite of Mollie’s Vegetarian Chili you may ask “are you sure there’s no meat in this chili?” Another reason Mollie’s Vegetarian Chili is amazing is the fact that this recipe is easy on the food budget! Dried beans may be used, and when bought in bulk they are quite economical.
Using dried beans soaked overnight is a great way to make vegetarian chili, but if you have limited time or decide to make this chili on the spur of the moment then canned beans work just as well. (As my Dad used to say to me “do you have more time or money?”) When I make Mollie’s Vegetarian Chili I like to use kidney beans with black beans, pinto beans or northern beans also. One type of bean seems boring to me when I could have two different kinds!
The tomato juice is boiled and the bulgur is added to it and allowed to stand for 15 minutes so the bulgur can soak up the moisture from the juice.
Then the bulgur-tomato juice mixture is added to the cooked beans.
The vegetables are sautéed in the olive oil. Finally, the sautéed vegetables, tomatoes with the juice and tomato paste are added to the bean and bulgur mixture which is allowed to simmer 30 minutes or more.
I determined that the chili needed more liquid at this point (it was thick) so I added more tomato juice, at least a cup, until the chili reached the desired consistency. (You may want to have some extra tomato juice on hand in case your chili is thicker than you desire.)
Serve Mollie’s Amazing Vegetarian Chili topped with finely chopped parsley and/or grated cheese!
A Bit About Bulgur
Commonly used in European, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines, bulgur is a grain with a light, nutty flavor which is high in fiber with a low glycemic index. Bulgur is used in pilafs, soups, and some bakery goods. Since it is a kind of dried cracked wheat it is not suitable for gluten-free diets. Used as a substitute for rice or couscous, bulgur is considered to have good nutritional value.
If you haven’t tried bulgur before, I hope you will try it because it is delicious, nutritious, and provides the ground-meat-like texture to this wonderful vegetarian chili. Vegetarian Chili is one of my favorite “meatless” meals!
Remember to Savor the Flavor!
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