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

74 Reviews for Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili


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!


This was my first time using wheat berries, and the recipe was definitely a winner. I made a half recipe with one full chipotle pepper, briefly rinsed, and thought it was just right. I'll definitely make this again.


Eaten this twice and loved it each time: first, a friend made it for us. So good! But very spicy. So later, when I made it myself, I only used 1 chipotle pepper (and a word to the wise: the recipe does not call for 1-2 CANS chipotle peppers, it calls for 1-2 chipotle peppers) and that was perfect. I also did not have wheat berries so omitted them and it was still good. This is my favorite chili recipe to date. Fresh, hearty, veggie, spicy.


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