Seriously! This chili won a prize last night, “Best Vegetarian Chili”, at a neighborhood chili cook-off! Against some stiff competition, too, I must say. I thought they all were delicious. But A Couple Cooks never lets me down. Their Vegetarian Chili was a hit!
No chiles were on hand, but there were canned tomatoes with chiles. I used less than 1/4 cup instead of a 1/2 cup chili powder (I am pretty wimpy about hot spice), and bumped up the chipotle powder slightly (a 1/2 tsp instead of 1/8 tsp). About 2/3 cup more canned tomatoes were added than the recipe calls for, because after being in a slow cooker all afternoon, it became pretty thick. The onion, garlic, and spices were sautéed together for a few minutes first before putting them in with the beans and tomatoes. After the beans/tomatoes/onion/garlic mixture warmed up, the bulgur wheat was added to the slow cooker.