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.
Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili
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.
72 Reviews for Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili
Amazing recipe - I don't have one bad thing to say about it. I made a few mods for convenience:
-Used a packet of McCormick spicy chili seasoning.
-Added a minced jalapeno for more heat (I like my chili VERY spicy)
-Omitted the avocado and added skinless rotisserie chicken breast towards the end.
-Used a can of black beans and can of chick peas.
I love this recipe. The only thing I do differently is that I use that whole can of ancho chilis for extra spice. I also used 16 ounces of dark beer instead of veggie broth. Make sure to adjust how much sugar you add if you choose to substitute beer.
I substituted chickpeas (garbanzo beans) for the wheat berries, and the result was delicious without the hassle of trying to find wheat berries at the grocery store
I am not vegetarian myself, but I made this for a dinner party where meat eaters were surprised at how great it tasted, and vegans told me that if I could cook vegan that well that they had better step up their game. I will make this one over and over again.