Hey, Runners! Try this Winter Chili Recipe...


I'm going to be making this Winter Chili next week for a couple reasons: 1) To recognize the start of winter. And 2) To highlight ultrarunner, Scott Jurek's vegan-friendly recipes from his book, Eat and Run. Not only does Eat and Run have great recipes; it also details Jurek's evolution into an elite ultrarunner and vegan athlete.

I've made this Winter Chili a couple of times before and added some slight adaptations along the way (recipe below). To me, the secret ingredient is adding bulgur shortly before serving which thickens it nicely. (About bulgur, Jurek writes, "The bulgur wheat is a source of complex carbohydrates, and combined with other ingredients, it makes a complete protein.") Enjoy!

Winter Chili
2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup finely chopped onion
8 to 10 medium mushrooms, finely chopped
½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
½ cup finely chopped carrots
1 jalapeño pepper or other hot pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more to taste
½ teaspoon black pepper new
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes 
1 14-ounce can tomato sauce
2 19-ounce can kidney beans, drained
1 19-ounce can black beans, drained
2 ½ cups water
½ cup dry bulgur wheat
Hot sauce or cayenne pepper (optional)
¼ cup minced fresh cilantro, for garnish

Add the oil to a large pot. Sauté the vegetables and spices in the oil over medium to medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until tender. Add a few tablespoons of water if the veggies begin sticking to the pot. Add the remaining ingredients except the cilantro and simmer over medium-low heat, covered, for 30 minutes. Stir and simmer for an additional 20 to 30 minutes until the veggies are cooked through. Season with salt and, if more spice is desired, hot sauce or cayenne pepper to taste. Serve, sprinkled with the cilantro. Leftover chili freezes well.
Makes 8 - 10 servings

Made in 2022 for the Grey Cup

First Day of Winter 2022



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