Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili

March/April 2007, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

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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.

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Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili

76 Reviews for Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili


My husband and I both read this recipe and understood it to say to add 1-2 cans of peppers. Not being people who like spicey food we decided to add 1 can of peppers. We sat down to eat it only to discover it was way too spicey! I went back to the recipe and reread it only to understand that it ment to say to only add 1-2 peppers from the can. If two people can read a recipe and think that it says to add 1-2 cans I think they need to reword the wording. :( My husband and I do not typically cook with peppers so it would not be obvious to us that 1 can was way too much.

Taste good!
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Anonymous wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I agree, I did the same

I agree, I did the same thing, made me sick as I am having it for guests.

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.

Healthy, tasty, filling
Spicy, Filling

Thought it said 1-2 CANS of chipotle peppers but really it says 1-2 CANNED chipotle peppers. This was sooo good but obviously way too spicy. Added corn, extra lime juice, sour cream and cheese. Won't make that mistake next time!


I actually didn't include the wheat berries or the chili pepper, but it still came out pretty good. I used cayenne pepper and that gave it the perfect amount of spice! Would probably taste good with vegan sour creme on top too!

Delicious! Didn't miss meat at all.

This recipe was easy to make and delicious. We are transitioning to vegetarian and for once I wasn't missing meat. Instead of Wheat Berries, I used Pearl Couscous which worked out well. Do NOT leave out the avocado even if you aren't a huge fan, it is very complimentary to the dish. I only added two chilis, but it was a bit spicy for us (and my kids), so I threw in a dollop of sour cream in their bowls for them and it cut the spice and was very tasty.

Hearty, Spicy, Different

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