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Jan 14, 2010 01:08 PM

Bulgar Chili

I am looking for a good recipe for vegetarian chili (I am not vegetarian but this recipe is)

What I am looking for:

A rich, smoky beanless chili that resembles ground meat cooked down to the consistency of sloppy joes. In fact the recipe I am looking for resembles meatless sloppy joes. Over rice it is very good.

Sound familiar to anyone?

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  1. I tried to reply to you but had a computer malfunction and lost the post. Then I lost my mind and never re-did the post. Hope I'm not too late.

    Anyway, the upshot was a recipe for beanless Skyline Chili, which is a rather well-known uniquely flavored chili served in the Cincinnati area. See the link below. It cooks down to a "meat sauce" sloppy-joe-like consistency. I serve it over spaghetti and the first time I had it I was surprised at how good the combo was. I like mine four way, no beans.

    You could sub 2 cups of bulgar (2# or 3#, medium or coarse grind) in the quart of water, for the beef and add some chopped chipotles en adobo, for heat and smokiness or a little liquid smoke, if you don't want the heat.

    This link has a recipe for Skyline that I consider to be pretty "authentic." You could certainly tweak it to your taste by adding garlic, green peppers, etc.

    1. I'm not sure I would describe this consistency as similar to a sloppy joe, but this chili is very good:

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      1. re: Weiszguy

        Many Thanks for your replies!
        Both of these recipes look really good. I did forget to mention in my original post that the chili /sloppy joe/ other veggie equivalent that I used to eat also had peanuts in it.

        I knew it would be a long shot, I will have to try and experiment with bushwickgirl's recipe above, unless someone has heard of such a thing.

        1. re: roster

          I often put peanut butter in mine (just a spoonful). Why the heck not?

          This is the recipe I mentioned elsewhere that I was going to try, apparently it is based on Moosewood. Someone posted the basic recipe and I jazzed it up (sorry I don't know who, it's not on my printout. Feel free to take credit and make comments, whoever you are!)

          Saute chopped onions and garlic in olive oil.
          Add 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1 diced chipotle pepper from a can (ONE PEPPER, not one can)
          Original says add chopped red and green peppers and carrots, but I'm planning on using eggplant. Also 1 sweet potato chopped.
          Add 28 z can of chopped tomatoes (or fresh if you can get). If canned, Rotel would be good here.
          Simmer awhile and add three types of canned beans, whatever you like. Or not, as you wish.
          Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of bulgar wheat.
          Simmer until bulgar is done. Maybe add a little lime juice or cilantro. Adjust other seasonings to your liking.

          That's it so far. A work in progress.

          1. re: coll

            Yes, the Moosewood recipe for veggie chili calls for bulghur, but soaking it first in heated tomato juice. Also, I use lentils as a substitute for ground meat in recipes, so my veggie chili has both bulghur and lentils, as well as pintos. I don't like it overly tomatoey, so I use chili puree (instead of powder) and some vegetable stock, with just a little tomatoes.

            BTW, there are many "lentil sloppy joe" recipes floating around out there.

            1. re: carbonaraboy

              Thanks, I'm adding that info to my recipe right now.

      2. TVP is a great ingredient for toothsomeness like ground meat:
        (this recipe has beans, but feel free to omit them and/or replace them with something else like vegetables)