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

Fabulous done in crockpot with a few changes

I added an extra cup of broth, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and increased the chili powder to 1 tablespoon. This chili is really soupy after 6 hours of cooking on low I added the wheat berries. Right before eating I took about 1/3 of the chili out of the crockpot and put it in the food processor and pulsed till smooth. Added it back to crockpot and cooked 1/2 hour longer. It was not watery any longer and came together nicely, like a meaty textured chili.


I thought a can of the chipotle peppers would be too much - I was right. Now I see others read it wrong too. Not edible - way too hot. The consistency would have been good too. Wasted money and time.


This chili was lacking in so many ways. It doesn't have anything wowing about it. The spices aren't balanced and you taste nothing but heat. There's no depth to the flavor. Cut out an entire can of tomatoes also. It's way too acidic.

Not wow-ed

The spices brought the ingredients from their original state to a mediocre chili flavor...maybe it needs more salt....or maybe the sugar I left out would be just the thing to give it some depth. Definitely can't leave out the cilantro and avocado.

Easy and healthy

My entire family loves this! Added butternut squash in last batch...highly recommend. It add another layer of flavor and thicken the sauce.


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