Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili

      By patriciabeckham  

    June 9, 2017

    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.

    • Prep: 25 mins
    • Cook: 1 hr


    2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

    1 large yellow onion, chopped

    1 large yellow bell pepper,chopped

    5 cloves garlic, minced

    2 tsp chili powder

    1½ tsp ground cumin

    1 tsp dried oregano

    1/2 tsp salt

    1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

    2 15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed

    2 14 ounce cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained

    1-2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced (see Tip)

    2 cups vegetable broth

    2 tsp light brown sugar

    2 cups Cooked Wheat Berries, (recipe follows)

    1 Juice of lime

    1 avocado, diced

    1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


    1Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, chipotle to taste, broth and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes.

    2Stir in cooked wheat berries and heat through, about 5 minutes more. (If using frozen wheat berries, cook until thoroughly heated.) Remove from the heat. Stir in lime juice. Garnish each bowl with avocado and cilantro.

    3Tips: Canned chipotle peppers (smoked jalapeños) in adobo sauce add heat and a smoky flavor. Look for the small cans with other Mexican foods in large supermarkets. Once opened, store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.


    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Sizeabout 1½ cups
    Total Fat11g
    Saturated Fat2g
    Total Carbohydrates58g
    Dietary Fiber15g


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