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

76 Reviews for Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili


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.


What a fantastic way to prepare wheat berries !
This recipe is highly recommended !


This was my first attempt cooking with wheatberries, and it will not be my last! They are a perfect fit for this vegetarian chili. I love the different textures each ingredient adds to the dish, as well as the colors. I added about 1/2 tsp. of coriander to the chili and omitted the brown sugar. I let the chili simmer for an hour and the flavors blended together nicely. I'm excited to add this to my chili rotation!


I had never heard of wheat berries (or tried them) until very recently and I like them so much that I have been specifically searching for recipes using wheat berries.
This chili was delicious and I will definitely make this one again!


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