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.

"This is an absolutely amazing soup! I've made it twice now and my family gobbles it up. I cook for a vegan, a pescitarian and a heart healthy patient and all were pleased. I made it the day after Thanksgiving for guests and families (...
Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili

71 Reviews for Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili


This was absolutely phenomenal. All of the flavors complemented each other wonderfully, from the light hint of lime, to the spiciness of the pepper, and the creaminess of the avocado. It was also incredibly filling. I actually found wheat berries where the package said to only cook for 15 minutes, which was perfect, and much better than the hour it could have taken. This will definitely be on my regular rotation!


This soup is really filling. I've made it twice and added an extra pepper and onion I had laying around. I also cooked 1 cup of dry beans rather than using canned.

Using Chipotles

I never met a chili I didn't love! I'm actually writing to give a tip to those who shy away from the chipotles because of their heat. You can treat them exactly the way you do fresh jalapenos -- split them open and scrape out the seeds and membranes. Since you don't need a whole can, you can freeze them. Two options: either put them in a freezer bag, lay them flat in your freezer; then break off a chipotle or the sauce as you need it. OR, whir them up in your blender or mini-processor and then freeze, laying flat until frozen. Remove the seeds first if you don't like the heat. One can will last months that way!

Comments (1)


Anonymous wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

I did the same. I chopped up

I did the same. I chopped up the whole can then spooned them out onto a piece of waxpaper. 1 chipotle equals about 1 tablespoon. I froze them then put them all in a freezer bag. Now all I have to do is grab one or two individually frozen chunks as needed.

My New Favorite Chili

I have shared this recipe with so many people! It is absolutely wonderful just as written. It satisfies pretty much any craving you might have: slightly salty, slightly sweet, tart lime, spicy, creamy avocado, etc. You don't even miss the typical hamburger because of the texture of the wheat berries. Thank you for putting this up!

Filling, Spicy, Easy to Reheat
Read Reviews For Spiciness Help

I love this recipe but found it a little soupy and will probably use less broth or more wheat berries next time. Be sure you read the recipe and reviews carefully about the chipotle peppers. One minced pepper was definitely spicy enough for me, and the flavors are amazing. Definitely follow the recipe on the flavor front, and the tips were very helpful. This will be a great dish for entertaining and is a snap if you make the wheat berries in advance (otherwise, takes a lot longer).

So yummy, healthy and filling.

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