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

72 Reviews for Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili

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
Healthy comfort food. I could eat this daily!

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.

filling, quick and easy recipe, full of flavor and spice
Hearty, Filling, Meals for a week!

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.

You can make substitutions as you see fit
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Anonymous wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

lol, That's crazy! I put in

lol, That's crazy! I put in TWO chilis and was dying! :o)


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

very quick, delicious, and filling
Pleases all

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.


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