Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fall Festival Recipe Exchange

Thanks to my blogging/read along friend Amy of My Friend Amy for once again hosting the Fall Festival Recipe Exchange.  Last year I submitted pumpkin french toast and pumpkin soup. This year, it is my famous pumpkin vegan chili!  I make this all through the fall and winter, but it is ALWAYS served on Halloween night accompanied by corn bread and orange jello.  You can easily make it carnivorous by using ground beef, but the bulgur gives it a rich, earthy, flavor.

Pumpkin Vegan Chili


1 cup bulgur wheat

2 tsp olive oil

1 cup each chopped onion and red pepper

1 package of chili seasoning of your choice (I use William's chili seasoning)

2 1/2 cups water (or more if necessary)

1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes

1 can (15 oz) 100% pure pumpkin

1 medium zucchini, shredded

1 cup frozen corn

1 can (15.5 oz) low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Accompaniments: cheddar cheese, sour cream, jalapenos


1. Prepare bulgur according to package directions. 2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add onion and pepper; sauté 5 minutes. Add chili seasoning; sauté until fragrant. 3. Add 2 1/2 cups water, the tomatoes, pumpkin, zucchini; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.4. Stir in beans, corn and bulgur; heat through. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.


Amused said...

Oh chilli is always a big hit at my house and this sounds like a yummy spin!

LegalJill said...

Hi Melissa - Are you a vegan? I am and love the Vegan Pumpkin Chili!

Your friend from years ago (Gable & Gotwals)!


rhapsodyinbooks said...

This sounds wonderful! Have you ever made it without the pumpkin? My husband doesn't like pumpkin (as totally weird and irrational as that is!) but I think I could talk him into the rest of it!

Gerbera Daisy Diaries said...

Hi!!! Alas, I am not a vegan, but one of my very best friends is, so I keep a handful of recipes that I can serve him.

I guarantee he won't be able to taste the pumpkin! It isn't even orange! It just makes it thick and saucy. But, yes, I have made it without the pumpkin and it is still good.

Melody Wilson said...

I can't wait to try this one!!

mpartyka said...

What are the chances that I just posted about making chili this weekend and you most this recipe. I haven't thought to add pumpkin to chili but I might try this!

I need to pop over to My Friend Amy's site to read more recipes.

Chrisbookarama said...

Oh, very interesting!

Heather said...

Love this pumpkin theme. Will have to give this a try for son who is a vegetarian. Thanks.

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Wow! This sounds really delicious. I would have never thought to put chili and pumpkin together!

sheisreading said...

We do this too! It's so fun to taste so many great dishes and get the recipes too!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

This looks so good - I want to eat more vegan and healthful food choices.

Anonymous said...

I love pumpkin! I was super excited to see all your great recipes and can't wait to try them. :)

sheisreading said...

Ok, I just found and read your mother daugher book club posts from the past! It seems they have enjoyed the older books (Nancy Drew, Macy-Tacy whatever it's called) more than the newer releases. Huh!

Willa said...

This sounds delicious!!!