This is best made the day of the party. It thickens over time because the bulgur absorbs some of the liquid. If the chili gets too thick, reheat over medium heat, adding water for desired consistency.
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and next 6 ingredients (onion through cumin); sauté 3 minutes. Stir in water, bulgur, tomatoes, and tomato puree; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes or until tender. Stir in corn and beans; cook 5 minutes. Ladle chili into each of 9 bowls; top with cheeses and sour cream.
Yield: 9 servings (serving size: 1 cup chili, 1 T. Monterey Jack cheese, 1 T. cheddar cheese, and 1 T. sour cream).