Red Wheat Berry Vegetarian Chili.



I found this recipe years ago and saved it.  When I was in Vermont a few weeks ago, King Arthur Flour had awesome red wheat berries so I bought them.  When they were delivered, I knew exactly what recipe I wanted to try them out on.  This recipe was originally in Eating Well magazine or their cookbook, again, it was years ago.  I made some adaptations to it and it smells phenomenal.  Can’t wait for dinner!  My father, a big carnivore, loved it and never noticed the meal was sans meat!  LOVE that!


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 large red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    2 teaspoons of smoked paprika

2 teaspoons of ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed (low sodium)
2 14-ounce cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups vegetable broth
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
2 cups Cooked Wheat Berries (soak them for 24 hours and cook according to package details)
Juice of 1 lime
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Optional:  Chobani plain yogurt
Jalapeños, sliced garnish


Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4-6 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, broth and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes.

Stir 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.

— Knead to Cook

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