Bulgur Chili

Bulgur Chili

Hearty bulgur chill is all what you need to get your energy back after a long hiking day

servings: 1 | calories: 486 | cooking time: 20 min | weight: 115 gr / oz
Category: dehydrated, dinners, lightweight, one-pot, vegan, vegetarian

nutrition info:

calories: 486, protein: 18.1 g, carbs: 80.3 g, fat: 11.8 g, sugars: 18.8 g, sodium: 452 mg

you'll need:

1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
1/4 cup quick-cooking bulgur
1 teaspoon Mexican seasoning
1/4 cup canned kidney beans, drained
10 gs dark chocolate (70% cacao)

at home:

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add chopped onions and cook until soft.
Stir in peppers, bulgur and Mexican seasonings.
Cook together for 1–2 minutes to release the aroma.
Pour in 1/2 cup water and diced tomatoes; bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add the kidney beans and simmer for 6–7 minutes until almost all water is absorbed.
Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.
Spread the bulgur chili mixture on a dehydrator tray covered with non-stick sheet or parchment paper.
Dehydrate at 52C/125F for 8-10 hours until brittle.
Pack dried meal in a zip-lock bag

on the trail:

Pour dry bulgur chili mixture into the pot; add 1 cup water and stir well.
Place pot over medium heat and bring to the boil.
Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for another 5 minutes to rehydrate meal completely.
Stir in chocolate pieces and enjoy!


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  1. Tanya Westby on September 4, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Do you think you could substitute quinoa for the bulgur?

    • Tanya Krezevska on January 5, 2023 at 5:50 pm

      Yes, but the water-quinoa ratio will not be the same

  2. Marisa on March 12, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Hello, would this work dehydrating in an oven? If so how would you recommended dehydrating in the oven?

    • Tanya Krezevska on March 24, 2021 at 10:54 am

      Almost all food could be dehydrated in oven, however, if you need to store it for longer period, better to dry it in dehydrator and then vacuum-seal.

  3. Kim on June 29, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Could this be cold soaked to rehydrate?

    • Tanya Krezevska on June 30, 2020 at 10:16 am

      Sure! It’s only question of time. Cold soaking will take hours, not minutes

  4. Anonymous on June 1, 2020 at 3:42 am

    Tried this recipe and it is delicious. How long would this dehydrated meal last if stored in a vacuum sealed bag?

    • Tanya Krezevska on June 3, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      Actually, if food was dried and packed properly, it can last years. However, I never kept mine more than one year.

  5. Janice on September 7, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Where did you get the metal mugs at? I love them.

    • Tanya Krezevska on September 7, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Hi Janice! They are simple enamel mugs. You can buy something similar on Amazon or from Outdoor gear shops.

  6. Weasel on October 3, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Thanks a bunch for including the calorie and nutrition info! That’s a big factor in picking out my backpacking meals, and it’s a lot of work to do it myself whenever I come across a recipe I’m interested in.

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