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Good-for-You Chili

This made-from-scratch chili is simple, inexpensive, and very healthy. It’s even vegan! The bulgar thickens it up and adds texture. Use fat free greek yogurt and just a sprinkle of low-fat cheese and this vitamin-packed chili is so soothing.

Good-for-You Chili


  • 4 C water
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 32 oz cooked pinto beans
  • 16 oz cooked pumpkin
  • 1 C chopped onion
  • 1 C chopped bell pepper
  • 2/3 C bulgur wheat
  • 4 oz chopped green chilies
  • 2-1/2 T chili powder
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1 t salt
  • Sour cream
  • Grated cheese
  • Sliced green onion


  1. Mix all ingredients except last three in a 4-quart pot.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 35 minutes until bulgar is tender.
  3. Serve with last three ingredients as garnishes.


Modified from Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken by ltlmsmfft


{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Morriesundays November 11, 2010, 9:40 am

    We tried your recipe last night. Sounds kind of weird but it was the best chili I’ve ever made. Best of all it was healthy and easy, too. Good!

  • Cherritown November 12, 2010, 4:38 pm

    Never had chili with pumpkin. Is it overpowering? And what is bulgar?

  • Alison Moore Smith November 12, 2010, 4:50 pm

    No, cherritown. You can’t really taste it distinctly, but it gives it a rich color. Bulgars are an ancient group of people from Central Asia. 🙂 But bulgur is a product made from cracked wheat. It give the chili a texture much like meat and adds thickness.

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