Easy Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili with Bulgur

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The winter months are a great time to take advantage of that crock pot you’ve got tucked away in the back of your kitchen cupboard. What could be better than coming home after work to a hot, delicious meal that’s cooked while you were out? The trouble is that many slow-cooker recipes are heavy on the meat, since crock pots do such a great job of tenderizing tough cuts. If you’re vegetarian, or you just like to go meatless s few nights a week, try this easy recipe for vegetarian slow-cooker chili with a surprising ingredient: bulgur, a fiber-packed whole grain.

Easy Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili Recipe

The best part about slow-cooker recipes is that you can make them the night before, then just set the crock pot to low when you leave for work in the morning. When you come home, your whole house will smell delicious, and your hot, tasty dinner will be ready to eat.

Easy Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili Recipe


  • 1/2 cup bulgur dry
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 large stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (adjust based on how spicy you like your chili)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice (28 oz)
  • 1 can low-sodium kidney beans undrained (19 oz)
  • 1 tbsp or 1.5 cubes instant vegetable bouillon
  • Spices (adjust to suit your taste):
    • 2 tbsp chili powder
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. Place bulgur, garlic, chopped vegetables, hot sauce, tomatoes with juice, and beans with liquid into the crock pot and mix well.
  2. Sprinkle spices and bouillon on top of the mixture and stir in well.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. Salt to season before serving.

Special Tips for this Recipe

  1. If you’re not vegetarian, you can try using beef or chicken bouillon granules instead of the vegetable variety.
  2. You can cook this recipe in your crock pot on high for 4 hours or so.
  3. If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can make this recipe on your stove. Just mix the ingredients as instructed in a large pot, cover, and simmer on medium heat until it looks like chili! It will take a couple of hours.
  4. Feel free to experiment with the vegetables you use. Try adding a sliced carrot, some sliced button mushrooms, or frozen corn.

The Bottom Line

A hearty, warm bowl of vegetarian chili is just the thing to lift your spirits after a hard winter day at work. For a full meal, serve this chili with a simple green salad or some homemade bread.

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