Half-Hour Chili

EatingWell Fast & Flavorful Meatless Meals (2011)

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This truly tasty half-hour vegetarian chili is made possible by using convenient canned beans and tomatoes (no pantry should be without them). Whole-grain bulgur adds another layer of toothsome texture and nutritional heft. This chili is relatively mild, so it’s a good crowd-pleaser. If you like it spicy, add extra chili powder or serve with hot sauce.

Half-Hour Chili

8 Reviews for Half-Hour Chili


1. Used chili-ready tomatoes- would go for the petite diced next time, just cause the kids don't like tomatoes that much.
2. Used 1can medium hot chili beans and 1can black beans
3. Replaced bulgar with "ground beef alternative"-a green pea product found in the freezer section. Came out really nice.
Served with fat free sour cream, chives from the garden and tortilla chips. Everyone loved it.

Very tasty and quick. Family pleaser
Here's how to speed it up even more

Used a 12 ounce bag of frozen chopped onions (Kroger recipe starters) and two frozen chopped garlic cloves (Trader Joe's) to save time. Added half a red bell pepper chopped. And used two 14 and a half ounce cans diced tomatoes with chipotles and one 14 and a half ounce can crushed tomatoes instead of whole tomatoes. Cut back on the chile powder because tomatoes were already spicy. Added farro (again, Trader Joe's), because I had no bulgar.

Easy, tasty, great cold weather food
Delicious but less onions, more veg, more spice added

Here are the changes I made and it was delicious!

one less onion
one or two extra carrots
add red pepper
add cilantro
add bay leaf while cooking.


I didn't care for the texture of this many onions...first of all, chopping onions takes some time, so I wouldn't consider this 30 minute chili. Second, 3 onions?!?! I cooked all the veggies the recommended 7 minutes and even after the 15 min simmer, the carrots and onions were not as soft as I'd like them in chili. And I really diced them small. The flavor was okay, but the texture was too vegetable-y. And it was quite thick, I even added broth to help, but it was still too thick for me. My husband wouldn't eat it.

Pantry items, meatless
Yumm- but I did change it slightly

3 onions is a lot. Once I had these chopped I couldn't put in just one carrot and some garlic. I added another carrot, 2 stalks of celery and about4 oz sliced shrooms. I had purchased 2 28 oz cans toms (couldn't find a 14 oz can), so I used all of them. The directions weren't clear on whether the bulger should be soaked first; when I make taboulli I soak the bulgur for 30-45 mins. And there wasn't a lot of excess moisture after addings toms. So, I added about 1.5 cups water and almost a half cup of bulger. I cooked it longer to make sure the bulger was cooked, maybe 25 mins. Just finished a bowl- it was awesome. One reviewer mentioned wheat berries instead of bulger. That's what I'll use next time; the bulger was almost tasteless (with more veggies in there). But it needed something chewier- wheat berries (or TVP) would provide that.

fast, easy, yumm

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