BLACK BEAN, WHEAT BERRY & VEGETABLE CHILI

black bean, wheat berry and vegetable chili - a soul-soothing dish that will quickly become a favorite.  Packed with warm grains, beans and veggies, it's got something for everyone // cait's plate

With 7 feet of snow on the ground outside, all I want to do is wrap myself in my robe, put on my slippers and eat warm chili.

Even if you don’t have 7 feet of snow piled up above your head on your sidewalks, I promise you will love this dish.  In fact, I might even go as far to say that it will become a new favorite… and I’m not exaggerating.

My sister and I had a 20 minute conversation the other day about just how good it is.  I’ve eaten is more times than I can count this week and I still find myself craving it.

black bean, wheat berry and vegetable chili - a soul-soothing dish that will quickly become a favorite.  Packed with warm grains, beans and veggies, it's got something for everyone // cait's plate

It just has everything I love all rolled into one bowl.  Beans, chewy wheat berries, veggies and a little spice.

And that’s BEFORE you top it with some extra sharp or Mexican blend cheese, avocado and plain greek yogurt.

black bean, wheat berry and vegetable chili - a soul-soothing dish that will quickly become a favorite.  Packed with warm grains, beans and veggies, it's got something for everyone // cait's plate

Then serve with corn chips of course 😉

I swear to you, it’s a dish dreams are made of.  I literally have found myself getting excited to have my next serving of it (a feeling that, for me, is normally reserved only for coffee).

Not only is it delicious, but it’s quick and easy, portable (just throw it in a leak-proof tupperware and go!) and makes enough to last a good amount of meals throughout the week.  I’m telling you…a dish dreams are made of.

black bean, wheat berry and vegetable chili - a soul-soothing dish that will quickly become a favorite.  Packed with warm grains, beans and veggies, it's got something for everyone // cait's plate

BLACK BEAN, WHEAT BERRY & VEGETABLE CHILI

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper,chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 2 cups cooked wheat berries (cook according to package)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Optional Toppings: avocado, chopped cilantro, plain greek yogurt, hot sauce, sharp cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper, and cook until tender (about 5 minutes), making sure to stir occasionally
  3. Add beans, chipotle, broth and brown sugar.
  4. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes.
  5. Stir in cooked wheat berries and heat through, about 5 minutes more.
  6. Remove from the heat.
  7. Stir in lime juice.
  8. Top with toppings of choice (see above for suggestions) and serve with corn chips.

Notes

Recipe mostly from Eating Well with a few slight modifications

http://caitsplate.com/black-bean-wheat-berry-vegetable-chili/

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Comments

  1. Yummers!!
    I love the texture that the wheat berries add.
    This recipe is the perfect inspiration I needed and will make a pot over the weekend. Thanks Cait.

    • Ah – sorry! I took the tomatoes out from the original recipe and forgot to remove it from the directions. Edited and fixed. Sorry about that!

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