This rib-sticking chili offers a hearty mix of wheat berries, beans, peppers and onion. Feel free to add an additional chipotle pepper to crank up the heat in this one-pot meal. Cooked wheat berries will keep for up to 1 month in your freezer and there's no need to thaw them; just stir them directly into the chili.

Cheryl Sternman Rule
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2007

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total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, chipotle to taste, broth and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes.

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  • Stir in cooked wheat berries and heat through, about 5 minutes more. (If using frozen wheat berries, cook until thoroughly heated.) Remove from the heat. Stir in lime juice. Garnish each bowl with avocado and cilantro.

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Nutrition Facts

371 calories; protein 13.2g 26% DV; carbohydrates 58.2g 19% DV; dietary fiber 15.1g 60% DV; sugars 12.6g; fat 10.9g 17% DV; saturated fat 1.5g 8% DV; cholesterol 0mg; vitamin a iu 785.5IU 16% DV; vitamin c 83.9mg 140% DV; folate 113.8mcg 28% DV; calcium 114.4mg 11% DV; iron 4.5mg 25% DV; magnesium 21.2mg 8% DV; potassium 848mg 24% DV; sodium 734.3mg 29% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 22% DV.
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Reviews (80)

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80 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 64
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2013
Delicious and crowd pleasing We used Rotelle which already has chiles in it; also I added a fresh chili pepper chopped. We omitted the brown sugar and did not miss it. I might use some tomato paste to thicken it up next time. Pros: Healthy tasty filling Cons: may need more salt less garlic Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
We love this chili at our house full of die-hard meat eaters. It is very well balanced between heat & hearty. The lime juice & avocado lighten it upu perfectly making it very flavorful without being overly filling. Tana Pewaukee WI Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I make vegetarian chili all the time and this was an very good recipe. I loved the texture and the taste was amazing. Also the nutritional value for this dish is very good. My kids loved it too. Anonymous Austin TX Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I LOVED this wheat berry chili. Great flavor and texture!!! I cooked the wheat berries a few weeks ago and put them in the freezer. Then I added them to the recipe at the end. Quick healthy weeknight meal. Give it a try!!! Concord NH Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This was not exceptional and is not a recipe I will choose to repeat. Emily Zionsville IN Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
The recipe was easy to put together- you can adjust the chipolte to taste but I think it would be bland without it. The garnish of avacado and cilantro take this recipe from "very good" to "Outstanding!" Anonymous Whittaker MI Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Really liked the flavor of this chili. I liked the texture of the wheat berries too. The only comment that I have is that it was a little thin. I did add another half can of beans after I pureed them in the food processor with some of the broth. I think I would cut back on the broth next time but will still puree some of the beans. I like a thicker hearty chili. Used two chili peppers and it was a good amount of spice. I didn't have avacado but know this would add something to the dish. The lime juice really topped it off. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was delicious! The wheat berries (which i never had before) were so good and loved the texture. The chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce was amazing and i love hot stuff so if you're not a fan of spicy foods be sure to only use one can and it's perfect. I love this vegitarian chili. I actually am now watching what meats I eat. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This was delicious. Be aware that the chipotle chilis from the can are very hot so go easy if you do not like searing your mouth. This makes a lot of chili. We did not use lime but the avocado and cilantro were key. Emily New haven CT Read More
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