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

71 Reviews for Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili


Looove it. Never cooked with wheat berries before this, but definitely will again. Already looking up ways to use the leftover wheatberries that are in the freezer.

I added 1 1/2 chipotles and a little bit of the adobo sauce. Really great flavor. I almost didn't add a yellow pepper (they were pretty pricey today) but I am glad that I did--they add a nice touch of flavor and texture.



Very tasty! I like the wheatberries (this was my first time using them) and the avocado on top adds a great richness. Plus it makes enough for me to have lunches for the rest of the week! Definitely will be hanging on this recipe.


Excellent recipe! I love the smokiness of the chiles and the wheat berries have a wonderful texture. I've already made it a few times.


I loooove this chili. It was also my first introduction to wheatberries. When i told my BF (a meat and potatoes kind of guy) that we were having a meat-free wheatberry chili for dinner, he didn't seem too excited. But we both loved it and he said he didn't miss the meat! The second time I made it I added some chorizo and that was absolutely amazing. Could eat it everyday, and I'm not that big of a chili fan. I love the texture of wheatberries and this is very filling. I follow the recipe to a T except I haven't bothered using yellow pepper because I never have any and I don't feel like it needs it.


Awesome recipe! I made it for my boyfriend and a couple friends the other night and everyone loved it! The flavors blend really well. I used two chili peppers and stirred some frozen corn into the mix. I made Eating Well wholesome cornbread to go with it. It was a fantastic meal. Definitely making this one again and again!


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